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December 30, 2008

VEM Receives Airbus Certification For A310 Rudder Repairs

Assemblies Susceptible To Delamination

VEM Maintenance & Engineering has been chosen by Airbus as its only Authorized Repair Center in Latin America to overhaul the composite rudder assemblies of the Airbus A310 fleet.

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EAA Announces Tentative AirVenture 2009 Show Lineup

Daily Air Show Will Be Combined With Showcase Features

The Experimental Aircraft Association says many of the world's top air show performers have already given early confirmations to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, on July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport.

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Air New Zealand Conducts Successful Biofuel Test Flight

B747-400 Flies With One Engine Fueled By Jatropha-Based Jet-A

The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel took-off at 11:30am New Zealand time Monday from Auckland International Airport. The approximately two-hour test flight utilized a biofuel blend of 50:50 jatropha and Jet A1 fuel to power one of the Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400's Rolls-Royce RB211 engines.

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Frontier Airlines Shows Net Profit For November 2008

Bankrupt Carrier Makes Money From Selling Planes

Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. filed its Monthly Operating Report for November 2008 on Tuesday... reporting a consolidated net profit of $2.9 million and an operating profit of $2.5 million for the month.

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Pilots: 'Leadership Void' Costly For UAL In 2008

Say Carrier Is "Shell Of Former Self" Under Tilton's Watch

Pilots for United Airlines got their parting shots in Tuesday ahead of the New Year... saying that under CEO Glenn Tilton's watch, United Airlines in 2008 "clearly failed" in its efforts to regain its former stature as the world's preeminent airline.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines Selects Hamilton Sundstrand APS 3200 APU

Company's APUs Installed In A320s For Over 70 Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines has selected Hamilton Sundstrand to install its APS 3200 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on the airline's new fleet of 50 Airbus A320 series aircraft.

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NASA Issues Report On Loss Of Shuttle Columbia Crew

Details Final, Critical Moments Of STS-107

Continuing what's become a maddening agency tradition of issuing controversial reports near the very end of the year -- and the news cycle -- on Tuesday NASA quietly released a 400-page report detailing the circumstances that led to the February 2003 loss of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.

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Isn't It Ironic... Eclipse Auction Scheduled For January 14

One Year To The Day Since Pieper Installed As Chairman

The next chapter in the ongoing, tired soap opera that is Eclipse Aviation will occur a little later than originally planned... but also has something of a cosmic twist to it.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.30.08

The airlines have a horrible on-time record over the holidays so far.
Two go! Airlines pilots admit they fell alseep at the yoke.
And the FAA's crackdown has prompted big changes in a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.30.08

The airlines have a horrible on-time record over the holidays so far.
Two go! Airlines pilots admit they fell alseep at the yoke.
And the FAA's crackdown has prompted big changes in a

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Aero-TV Visits With Rod Machado For A Serious Talk About Flight Safety (Part 2)

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.

Aero-TV Visits With Rod Machado For A Serious Talk About Flight Safety (Part 2)

Rod Talks About In-Flight Emergencies

One of the better reason to attend the better 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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NBAA's Bolen Strikes Back Against Anti-BizAv Article

He Was Nicer About It Than We Would Have Been

We knew this was coming. Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, wrote a carefully-worded rebuke to Associated Press writer Stevenson Jacobs, whose December 21 article questioned the wisdom of corporate execs continuing to fly on business jets, over more 'economical' options.

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Southwest, AAL Hope Overhauled Maintenance Procedures Avoid FAA Fines

Agency Hasn't Collected On Fines For Oversights

At least one 2008 aviation story will produce a New Year's hangover in 2009. The FAA still hasn't settled up with Southwest Airlines and AMR's American Airlines for those carriers' infamous breaches of safety regulations.

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2008 In Review: The Year In Military Aviation

The past year in military aviation was seemingly dominated by three letters: KC-X, the troubled and contentious US Air Force program to procure a new aerial tanker. Also making headlines was the ongoing battle over continued funding for the advanced, but costly, F-22 Raptor fighter... continued tensions between the US and a newly-resurgent Russia... and sadly, the December downing of an F/A-18 in a San Diego neighborhood.

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C150 Takes Unsuspecting Youngster On Wild Ride

Engine Starts Unexpectedly, Plane Briefly Lifts Off

Stories about aircraft taking off without their pilots were common back in the days when many aircraft engines were started by hand. They still occasionally happen.

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JTACs Keep Pilots On Target To Minimize Collateral Damage

Controllers Help Guide Precision Munitions

inimizing collateral damage is at the forefront of military leaders' priorities in Afghanistan. Those leaders depend on the teamwork between pilots and Air Force joint terminal attack controllers to ensure innocent civilians and their property aren't put at unnecessary risk.

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Aviation Industry Woes Hit Port Of Oakland Hard

Faces $12 Million Budget Shortfall

Consumers and manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the recession, but so are government budgeters... including those at the Port of Oakland, operator of Oakland International Airport (OAK).

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Mars Rovers Near Five Years Of Science And Discovery

NASA Marks Milestone For Long-Lived Spacecraft

NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their memorable landings on Mars.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum is the only facility in Canada whose primary goal is to honor those who served with Bomber Command during World War II.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.30.08): TACAN

Aero-Terms!

Tactical Air Navigation Aid. An ultra-high frequency electronic rho-theta air navigation aid which provides suitably equipped aircraft a continuous indication of bearing and distance to the TACAN station.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.30.08)

"Although perceptions may be to the contrary, the fact is that eighty-five percent of the companies that utilize business aviation are small and mid-size. And the passengers on business aircraft are usually salespersons, engineers, technicians and other employees below the senior executive rank."

Source: Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association. In a carefully-worded rebuke to Associated Press writer Stevenson Jacobs, Bolen takes Jacobs to task for the writer's December 21 article questioning the wisdom of corporate execs continuing to fly on business jets, over more 'economical' options.

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