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November 21, 2008

Dynon Adds Autopilot Capability To Its Glass Panels

Data Logging Also Added With Version 5.0 Software Update

Dynon Avionics announced Friday the release of new software version 5.0 for the company's EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) and EMS (Engine Monitoring System) products. This software upgrade is available free to all existing EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100, FlightDEK-D180, EMS-D10, and EMS-D120 customers, and will ship with new instruments.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.21.08

Tales From The Airboss, With Ralph Royce

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tales From The Airboss: 11.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with comments from Aero-TV's interview with Ralph Royce.)

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At Long Last: Eclipse Receives EASA Approval

And FAA Signs Off On Avio NG 1.5

It's truly a defining moment for Eclipse Aviation, and one for which the company is rightfully proud... but is it also too little, too late?

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.21.08

Hawker Beechcraft looks for a new CEO.
A subcontractor reports a financial hit from the shutdown at Eclipse.
And Brazilian police accuse 10 people of negligence in the TAM Airlines cr

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.21.08

Hawker Beechcraft looks for a new CEO.
A subcontractor reports a financial hit from the shutdown at Eclipse.
And Brazilian police accuse 10 people of negligence in the TAM Airlines cr

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ANN Special Feature: Airboss Ralph Royce - 11.21.08

Recently, Aero TV sat down with Ralph Royce -- Aviation Legend, Pilot, Warbird Jock and Air Show Expert, to discuss the job of an airboss, and his reflections on almost three decades in that role.

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'Tis The Season: AOPA Air Safety Foundation Offers Icing Course

Online Course Explains Dangers Of Freezing Temps, Precip

The weather outside is already frightful in some areas of the United States... which makes now the perfect time for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation to launch its latest online course, dealing with the effects colder weather can have on your flying plans.

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Alaska Replaces Traffic Gates At Dutch Harbor Airport

Airline's Goose Was Cooked By Passing Truck

Earlier this year, ANN reported on a story from Unalaska, AK that probably sounded a little foreign to most residents of the lower 48.

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Carlos Almeida Earns Aerobatic Instructor Designation

Accreditation Reached Through Voluntary IAC/NAFI Program

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) told ANN this week of a significant accomplishment on the part of Carlos Almeida of Aerial Advantage Aviation in Nashua, NH.

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Brazil Charges 10 In July 2007 TAM Airlines Accident

Includes Government Officials, Airline Execs

One of the basic tenets of aviation regulation in much of the world is that the use of criminal penalties should be a last resort, to avoid creating an environment which discourages the reporting of safety problems.

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NASA Plans Test Of 'Electronic Nose' On ISS

Shoebox-Sized Gadget Can Sniff Out Harmful Chemicals

NASA astronauts on Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission will install an instrument on the International Space Station that can "smell" dangerous chemicals in the air. Designed to help protect crew members' health and safety, the experimental "ENose" will monitor the space station's environment for chemicals such as ammonia, mercury, methanol and formaldehyde.

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Family Finds Glasair Door In Their Pool

Plane Makes Safe Landing At IGM

The pilot of a Glasair II sport plane was no doubt surprised when the plane's left door departed the aircraft while in flight... but that pilot probably wasn't as shocked as the Kingman, AZ family below.

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NASA, Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor

First-Ever Ground Test Marks Historic Milestone

Right on schedule, on Thursday a team comprised of NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orbital Sciences Corporation and Alliant Techsystems successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for the Orion crew exploration vehicle Launch Abort System at ATK's Launch Systems facility in Promontory, UT.

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Wreaths Across America Ceremonies To Honor Veterans Nationwide

CAP Will Lead Nearly Half Of All Observances Next Month

In what is now very much a holiday tradition, the Civil Air Patrol is partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization with a mission to remember, honor and teach about the service and sacrifices of our nation's veterans.

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Aero-TV: Ready For Action -- The AV-8B Harrier Jet (Part 2)

USMC's Most Versatile Jet Takes Oshkosh By Storm

You couldn't get away from it... that roar... that blast of unconfined thrust that occurs as the US Marine Corps Harrier 'Jump Jet' spools up and takes a flight... in the most amazing ways. One of the truly all-time favorites at Oshkosh, Aero TV got the chance to speak with the pilot for this year's Harrier demonstration, Major Dave Martin, call sign: Doc.

GA To The Rescue! Pilot Steps In When Airline Won't Fly Stem Cells

EasyJet Agrees To Reimburse Doctor For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

A novel medical procedure almost didn't happen this summer, thanks to a British low-cost airline... and it was general aviation that literally flew to the rescue. BBC News reports British, German and Spanish doctors partnered on the effort that resulted in the first-ever transplant of a donor trachea, or windpipe, into a patient without the need for immunosuppresants.

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Aero-TV: Ready For Action -- The AV-8B Harrier Jet (Part 2)

USMC's Most Versatile Jet Takes Oshkosh By Storm

You couldn't get away from it... that roar... that blast of unconfined thrust that occurs as the US Marine Corps Harrier 'Jump Jet' spools up and takes a flight... in the most amazing ways. One of the truly all-time favorites at Oshkosh, Aero TV got the chance to speak with the pilot for this year's Harrier demonstration, Major Dave Martin, call sign: Doc.

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FAA Publishes Revised Parachute Packing Rule

Extends Mandatory Repack Interval To 180-Days

Skydivers and pilots who use parachutes will get an extra 60 days between mandatory repacks of their parachutes, under a revised regulation published Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The rule change was praised by the two organizations which had jointly sought it for nearly four years, the Parachute Industry Association (PIA) and the United States Parachute Association (USPA).

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Whoops! Boeing Engineers To Blame For 787 Fastener Problems

Installation Specs Confusing; So's The Explanation

Given the problematic nature of Boeing's relationship with its suppliers on the oft-stalled 787 Dreamliner program... perhaps it's understandable that many assumed the latest problem involving fasteners on the composite-bodied airliner was the fault of one of those contractors.

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NBAA Reminds The Groundhog Media: BizAv Is Critical For Many Companies

So Don't Get Peeved With Auto Execs' Jets, Guys...

In light of recent publicity surrounding Congressional hearings about certain companies' use of business aviation (read, the furor over the CEOs of the Big Three US automakers flying to Washington, DC from the same Detroit airport, each on their own bizjets, to beg lawmakers for a $25 billion bailout -- Ed.) the National Business Aviation Association says it has fielded inquiries from representatives with news organizations and other individuals about what business aviation is and how it is used in the US.

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Astronauts Complete Second STS-126 Spacewalk

Replace 11 Of 12 Bearings In Solar Array Joint

The crew of the International Space Station celebrated the orbiting lab's 10th anniversary Thursday with a spacewalk by astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough.

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Dash-8 Line Clears 1,000 Order Mark On New Order

Ethiopian Airlines Signs Deal For Eight Planes, Four Options

Bombardier Aerospace announced Thursday that Ethiopian Airlines has signed a contract to purchase eight Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, and has taken options on four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. Including this transaction, the Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft program has recorded firm orders for a total of 1,001 aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (11.21.08)

Just Wait Until They Get To "How To Detect Wing Ice Using Your Tongue..."

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Detects Buried Glaciers On Mars

Finds 'Vast' Amounts Of Water Ice At Lower Latitudes Than Before

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet.

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Embraer Holds Operators Conference In Australia

Brasilia Fliers Will Meet In Darwin Next Week

Embraer will hold the 10th edition of its Australian Operators Conference (EOC) for the EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft, November 23 and 24, in the city of Darwin, Australia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association home page. The organization provides information and support to owners, pilots and enthusiasts of the Stinson L-5 "Sentinel", also affectionately called the "Flying Jeep" and sometimes known by the designations O-62, OY-1, OY-2 and U-19.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.08): Large Magellanic Cloud

Aero-Terms!

The larger of two small galaxies orbiting nearby our Milky Way galaxy, which are visible from the southern hemisphere.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.21.08)

"The clock was ticking. We'd taken the cells out of their culture media an hour before. We thought about driving to Barcelona, but that would have taken too long... We had a couple of conversations, and within two hours the surgeon was in Bristol -- with his private jet."

Source: Professor Martin Birchall, lead researcher among a team of British, German, and Spanish doctors who partnered on the effort that resulted in the first-ever transplant of a donor trachea, or windpipe, into a patient without the need for immunosuppresants. The novel novel medical procedure almost didn't happen this summer, however, thanks to a certain British low-cost airline... and it was general aviation that literally flew to the rescue.

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