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November 01, 2008

NBAA, AOPA Ask For Extension To TSA NPRM Comment Period

Wants More Time For Concerned Pilots To Weigh In

This week, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen announced his organization signed a joint letter with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) asking the Transportation Security Administration for an extension to the comment period on a new TSA proposal for general aviation, published Thursday in the Federal Register.

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Layoffs Planned As Grob Files Full Insolvency

But Company Still Hopes Funding Will Come Through

A bad situation appears to be growing ever-worse for Grob Aerospace. Company CEO Niall Olver announced Thursday the storied planemaker has filed for full insolvency... and starting Monday, most Grob employees will be laid off.

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Google Lunar X-Prize Competitor Plans Series Of Moon Landings

Astrobotic Technology Expeditions Will Build Lunar Data Library

At a meeting Friday of worldwide Moon exploration experts, Astrobotic Technology Inc. unveiled its plans for a series of robotic expeditions to build a lunar data library.

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Newest Ariane 5 Booster Arrives At Spaceport

To Be Used On First Of Eight Launches Planned In 2009 

Preparations are starting for another busy year of Arianespace launch activity, with the initial Ariane 5 of 2009 now delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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CAE Goes With Diamond Aircraft For Ab-initio Program

Orders 22 Planes, Four Training Devices For Location In India

CAE has selected Diamond Aircraft as its provider of choice for flight training airplanes and Diamond-specific flight training devices in order to support the deployment of the CAE Global Academy. CAE will operate DA40 and DA42 aircraft for their ab-initio flight training schools.

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JSSI Aims To Grow Its Turboprop, Helicopter MRO Business

No Enrollment Fee Option Geared Towards Owner/Operators

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) recently announced a no up-front enrollment fee option for all turboprop and helicopter operators who enroll onto a JSSI engine hourly cost maintenance program. Exclusively targeted toward the turboprop and helicopter markets, this new offer will make it easier for these owners and operators to realize a predictable maintenance budget while obtaining the expert consultative services of JSSI's dedicated team of technical service representatives.

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Royal Navy Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

Thrice Flew His Chinook Into Harm's Way

A Royal Navy helicopter pilot who repeatedly braved enemy fire to save the lives of British troops wounded in Afghanistan received his Distinguished Flying Cross from Queen Elizabeth II, at ceremony this week at Buckingham Palace.

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Embraer To Participate In Airshow China 2008

Will Publish Revised Market Outlook During Show

Embraer says it plans to have a strong presence in the seventh China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China 2008), November 4-9, at Zhuhai Airport, in Guang Dong Province of the People's Republic of China.

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Transport Canada Designates AeroMechanical As Design Approval Organization

Company Approved To Perform Testing, Certification Of Avionics Installs

AeroMechanical Services Ltd. announced this week it received the designation as a Design Approval Organization (DAO) from the Canadian Minister of Transport.

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NASA Clears Endeavour For November 14 Launch

STS-126 Will Ready Station For Full Crew Complement

NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission. Commander Chris Ferguson and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 7:55 pm EST on November 14.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.08)


The restoration of WA591 is taking place near Yatesbury. The project is well underway although it is likely to be another two or three years until its first flight. Currently they have enough parts and engines to potentially return three Meteors to the air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.08): Declination


The measure of a celestial body's apparent height above or below the celestial equator.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.01.08)

"This proposal represents a significant regulatory change in the conduct of private aircraft operations. We believe that the 60-day comment period is insufficient in order to provide TSA with answers to the substantial number of questions posed in the proposal and to provide sufficient time for community education and feedback... We believe TSA will benefit substantially by a 60-day extension to the comment period and the use of public meetings."

Source: From a letter to the Transportation Security Administration, sent jointly by the National Business Aviation Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, asking for a 60-day extension period for comments on the TSA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking calling for new security restrictions

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