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December 04, 2008

AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-13 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW4052, PW4056, PW4060, PW4062, PW4152, PW4156A, PW4158, PW4460, and PW4462 turbofan engines.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-14 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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CV-22 Ospreys Complete Deployment In Mali

Aircraft Supported Exercise Flintlock 2009

The military's fleet of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is seeing more light under its wheels. Four CV-22s from the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Florida's Hurlburt Field recently returned after completing their first operational deployment supporting Exercise Flintlock 2009 in November in Bamako, Mali.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Dale To Resign January 17

Departs Ahead Of Incoming Presidential Administration

A top-level NASA official will join the throngs of politicians and other employees leaving Washington, DC ahead of the new presidential administration. NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced Wednesday her intent to resign from the agency, effective January 17, 2009, in advance of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Three Lost In Puerto Rico Turbo Commander Downing

Wreckage Located, But Terrain Hampers Recovery Efforts

Search teams climbed up a treacherous mountainside Wednesday to find the wreckage of a Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander reported down east of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Slumping Economy Leads To Job Losses At Pratt & Whitney

Cuts Also Made At Hamilton Sundstrand; Is Sikorsky Next?

The ailing global economy and a resulting softening of the market for commercial airliners led enginemaker Pratt & Whitney to lay off 350 salaried workers nationwide Wednesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.04.08

Tickets Now Available For A Ride On XCOR's Lynx, Part II 

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.04.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.04.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tickets Now Available For A Ride On XCOR's Lynx, Part II: 12.04.08 (ANN Special Report, with RocketShip Tours founder and CEO Jules Kl

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.04.08

Cirrus provides some hard numbers for the Vision SJ50.
European planners say global warming will result in airline delays.
And DeltaHawk calls out ExxonMobil for its policy on diesels

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.04.08

Cirrus provides some hard numbers for the Vision SJ50.
European planners say global warming will result in airline delays.
And DeltaHawk calls out ExxonMobil for its policy on diesels

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ANN Special Feature: XCOR Lynx Begins Ticket Sales II - 12.04.08

RocketShip Tours founder and CEO Jules Klar introduces the first paying passenger for commercial flights of the XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft, Danish investment banker and adventurer Per Wimmer.

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Report Says Pilots' Holsters May Lead To Accidental Gun Firings

Disgraced US Airways Pilot Calls Findings "Encouraging"

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General has reached an interesting conclusion after investigating the case of a pilot who accidentally discharged a gun in an airliner cockpit. CNN reports the IG found holsters used by thousands of armed airline pilots increase the chance of accidental discharge, and should be replaced.

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NASA Invites Young Engineers To Student Launch Initiative

Rocketeering Challenge To Be Held April 15-20 In Huntsville

NASA has invited 14 groups of ambitious young rocketeers from 11 middle schools, high schools and youth organizations around the country to light up the sky over North Alabama during NASA's 2008-2009 Student Launch Initiative rocketry challenge.

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AirGyro Slashes Pricetag On Outback 2 S-LSA

$14,000 Price Cut For Next Four Airplanes

Admitting "it is hard to think of finding a silver lining in today's financial situation," AirGyro Aviation president Nate Oldham told ANN this week of an enticing, limited-time offer on the company's Outback 2 light sport aircraft that comes pretty close, if you're in the market for an LSA.

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NTSB Rules Loss Of Control Led To 2007 Citation 550 Accident

Board Suspects Icing... But Could Not Determine For Certain

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board hate unanswered questions... and the probable cause report on the May 2007 downing of a Cessna Citation 550, issued this week, ends with a big one. What caused the aircraft to lose control?

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Space Florida Asks: What Do YOU Want In A Launch Site?

Commercial Launch, Payload Providers Encouraged To Complete Survey

As build out preparations begin for Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, commercial launch and payload providers interested in launching from Florida are being asked to complete a quick survey on Space Florida's web site.

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Southwest Announces Fewer Capacity Cuts Than Planned

Airline Taking A Pounding On Fuel Hedges

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says his airline saw a "bang-up month, almost unexplainably strong," in October of this year... but November volume turned down sharply after the stock market collapse.

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Materials Science Research Rack En Route To ISS... Via I-65

Scheduled To Fly Onboard Atlantis In July 2009

This week, a new multi-user materials science laboratory began its journey to the International Space Station, leaving NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final flight preparations.

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Aero-TV: Kicking The Tires On A Flying Legend... The B-17 Flying Fortress

Let's Get Up Close And Personal With A Flying Legend

Seen in a two part Aero-TV program a few weeks back, we talked about spending time with a ghost. In this case, the ghost looked a lot like a B-17... by the name of "Thunderbird."

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Aero-TV: Kicking The Tires On A Flying Legend... The B-17 Flying Fortress

Let's Get Up Close And Personal With A Flying Legend

Seen in a two part Aero-TV program a few weeks back, we talked about spending time with a ghost. In this case, the ghost looked a lot like a B-17... by the name of "Thunderbird."

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DeltaHawk Engines Addresses ExxonMobil's Comments About Diesel Engines

Says Concerns Cited Are Already Addressed By FAA Regs

The crew at DeltaHawk Engines, Inc. knows a thing or two about developing piston powered diesel-fueled engines for aviation applications... and joined Diamond Aircraft this week in responding to ExxonMobil Aviation's position that jet fuel should not be used in those powerplants.

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Recovery Efforts Help Write Final Chapter For Missing Pilot's Wife

If This Doesn't Bring A Tear To Your Eye...

Sallie Stratton always knew she wanted to write a book, but she just couldn't bring herself to put pen to paper -- until now.

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NASA Selects Lockheed Martin For NextGen Weather Satellites

Contract Calls For Two GOES-R Series Satellites, With Two Options

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Tuesday it has selected Lockheed Martin for award of a contract to build the next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series, known as GOES-R, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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NTSB Cites Seat Pin Failure In Alaskan C-180 Fatal

Cessna Will Install Safety Kit For Free... But Time Is Running Out

A well-known -- and easily correctable -- flaw in many older Cessna high-wing aircraft led to a fatal crash near Alaska's Mount Whittier last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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NASA Buys More Soyuz Flights From Russian Space Agency

Manned Mission Will Fly To ISS In Fall 2011

NASA will continue its reliance on Russian spacecraft for transport to the International Space Station. The agency recently signed a $141 million modification to the current ISS contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation services planned through the spring of 2012.

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Report: Fog Hampered Rescue Of CA Bonanza Crash Victims

Massive Search Effort Found Wreckage One Hour After Sunday Night Accident

Rescue personnel who responded to a fatal weekend plane crash near Coalinga, CA were hampered by near-zero-visibility fog at the accident site, according to local newspaper.

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Executive AirShare Announces Phenom 100 Fractional Prices

Prices Start At $299,500 For 1/16th Stake In Entry-Level Jet

Executive AirShare, the only established fractional aircraft ownership company in North America to offer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft, announced Wednesday its fractional pricing structure for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet that the company will enter into service beginning in the second quarter of 2009.

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American Eagle Sells Off 39 ATR 72s To Danish Companies

Regional Carrier Will Continue Operating Planes On Leaseback

Nordic Aviation Capital A/S and KIRK Kapital A/S announced Tuesday an agreement for a sale and leaseback transaction with AMR Leasing Corporation for 39 ATR 72 aircraft operated by Executive Airlines, which does business as American Airlines' regional subsidiary American Eagle.

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Cessna's Mustang Earns Canadian, Japanese Approvals

Light Jet Now Certified For Operation In 51 Countries

Overshadowed by the news of significant layoffs at Cessna, was last month's announcement the Kansas-based planemaker earned Canadian and Japanese certifications for its Citation Mustang light jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.04.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site is dedicated to the brave crews who flew the Convair B-58 Hustler. One of the lesser known jets of its time, the Hustler  set 19 world speed and altitude records and won five different aviation trophies. The USAF ordered 116 Hustlers which were operational with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) between 1960 and 1970.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.04.08): Right Ascension

Aero-Terms!

The angular distance of a celestial object measured in hours, minutes, and seconds along the celestial equator eastward from the vernal equinox.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.04.08)

"Human beings, ... we can survive anything, if we know what it is we're surviving. I think that the unknown is probably the most difficult situation to be confronted with. We want to know. We want to know the answers."

Source: Sallie Stratton, wife of Capt. Charles W. Stratton, who was lost over Vietnam on January 3, 1971. After over 35 years of grief, and many questions about her husband's final moments, Sallie finally received confirmation of the circumstances of her husband's death on July 5, 2007, thanks to the efforts of the US military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. Hundreds of family and friends gathered in October 2007 to celebrate now-Lt. Col. Stratton's life... in stark contrast to his 1977 memorial service, which was clouded wi

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