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December 12, 2008

FAA Certified! Embraer's Phenom 100

No Asterisk This Time

When Embraer said its Phenom 100 would receive its FAA approval "soon" after the entry level executive jet earned Brazilian certification, they meant it. On Friday, Embraer announced the FAA has certified the aircraft, and first deliveries will begin next week.

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Fly, Hover And Soar... With Helicopters And Planes Galore!

Academy Of Model Aeronautics 2009 Expo Coming To Ontario, CA

Be a kid again at the 11th Annual Academy of Model Aeronautics 2009 Expo featuring radio-controlled model airplanes, helicopters, trains, cars, boats and more -- along with live demonstrations on January 9-11 at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Completes Prime Mission

73 Terabits Of Data Sent From Above Red Planet

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed its primary, two-year science phase. The spacecraft has found signs of a complex Martian history of climate change that produced a diversity of past watery environments.

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ATA Predicts 43 Million Holiday Passengers

Capacity Reduction Means Fuller Planes, Fewer Seats

The Air Transport Association is forecasting a 9 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of passengers who will travel globally on US airlines during the 21-day winter holiday travel season, spanning Thursday December 18, 2008, through Wednesday, January 7, 2009.) The number of available seats has also declined 9 percent from the same period a year ago, which should result in full or near-full flights throughout the holiday.

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QuietEagle MD-80 Noise Reduction System Installed On Sky Wings Plane

Aviation Fleet Solutions Brings Newfound Civility To 'Mad Dogs'

Sky Wings, a growing Greek operator providing worldwide charter services, in partnership with Khors Air Company of the Ukraine, has successfully completed installation of its first Aviation Fleet Solutions QuietEagle Noise Reduction System on their MD-83 aircraft. The installation was accomplished during a routine maintenance check at the MNG Technic facility in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Neeleman's 'Azul' Receives Its First Plane

Former JetBlue CEO Sticks With Embraer

Brazilian planemaker Embraer delivered the first Embraer 195 jet, this Thursday, to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, which will be the first Brazilian airline to operate the E-Jets.

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Utah Courts Major New ATK Composites Facility

Plant May Support Expansion Into Commercial Aerospace Sector

The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) Business Development Board met this week, and approved an Economic Development Tax Increment Financing (EDTIF) incentive for a new ATK manufacturing facility.

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UK MoD Confirms Future Lynx Program

Allows Upgrades To Proceed On 12 Lynx AH Mk.9 Helis

It has been confirmed in a statement today, made by Defence Secretary John Hutton, that the Future Lynx contract signed in June 2006 by the UK Ministry of Defence with AgustaWestland will proceed to full scale production.

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Andrews Institute, Space Florida Partner On Medical Program

Will Implement Conditioning Regime For Tourinauts

At a conference held earlier this month at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Space Florida President Steve Kohler and Dr. Joe Story, president of The Andrews-Paulos Research & Education Institute, announced the formation of a Personal Spaceflight Medical Program, among the first of its kind for commercial space tourists.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.12.08

"Fly For Life," With Retired EAA Senior VP Bob Warner

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.12.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Fly For Life": 12.12.08 (ANN Special Report, with Retired EAA Senior VP Bob Warner.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.08

A round-the-world marathon flight ends safely in Orlando.
Aerospace is a bright spot in the US economy.
And US and Brazilian accident investigators reach very different conclusions.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.12.08

A round-the-world marathon flight ends safely in Orlando.
Aerospace is a bright spot in the US economy.
And US and Brazilian accident investigators reach very different conclusions.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Warner, Fly for Life - 12.12.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Warner, who retired from his Senior VP position at EAA back in February, but is back as a volunteer to head the "Fly for Life" program at AirVenture 2009.<

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Magazine's Release Of ATC Tapes Infuriates Pilot Group

Laments Use Of Recordings As 'Voyeuristic Entertainment'

Over the past decade, we've become accustomed to ubiquitous camera-phones, security and police dash-cam footage used on TV newscasts, and even TV shows based on dramatic video of car crashes and other catastrophic events. But Vanity Fair editors are discovering they've touched a raw nerve by releasing actual cockpit voice recordings of an airliner crew's last few moments alive.

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Aero-TV: Precision Insanity -- Chuck Aaron's Aerobatic Helicopter (Part 2)

Red Bull Gives You... Rotors?

So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh.

Aero-TV: Precision Insanity -- Chuck Aaron's Aerobatic Helicopter (Part 2)

Red Bull Gives You... Rotors?

So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh.

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Boeing Shuffles Management To Address Dreamliner Problems

Commercial Airplanes Reorganized; Airplane Programs Revamped

With mounting troubles for its 787 Dreamliner program and continued difficulties in returning to full production after a crippling labor strike, it's apparent Boeing currently finds itself in need of some assistance, and perhaps a clearer focus. What it got was a management reorganization.

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Report: Griffin Clashes With Transition Team

NASA Administrator Desperate To Save Constellation

Petulant, or passionate? The search for a new NASA administrator may have just kicked into high gear, as current agency chief Michael Griffin is reportedly making things quite difficult for members of the Obama transition team.

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Groups Tell Congress To Invest in Aviation Infrastructure

Relatively Small Investments Could Yield Big Local Returns

If Congress were to include the aviation sector in its economic stimulus packages, more than 40,000 high-paying jobs would be created, aviation safety would be improved, and there would be positive effects for the environment, according to a coalition of aviation organizations.

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More Airline Alliances: Jet Airways Partners With Emirates

With A Slumping Economy Comes Consolidation

Jet Airways has taken another step to insure its very survival. The struggling Indian international carrier -- which formed an "alliance" with former domestic rival Kingfisher in October, and promptly slashed some 1,900 jobs -- announced Thursday it will form another "partnership," this one with Emirates.

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FFAC Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of Incorporation

Still No Plane... But Plenty Of LOIs

Officials of Freight Feeder Aircraft Corporation tell ANN the end of 2008 marks the 1st anniversary of incorporation and acquisition of the program. Freight Feeder Aircraft Corporation was formed as a US private corporation in December 2007, when it acquired the Freight Feeder aircraft technology and development program from Utilicraft Aerospace Industries, Inc.

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ILS Proton Successfully Launches Ciel II Satellite

Canadian Telecom Satellite Was Sixth Launch For 2008

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully carried the Ciel II satellite into space for the Ciel Satellite Group of Canada Wednesday onboard a Russian Proton Breeze M heavy-lift launch vehicle.

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Klyde Morris (12.12.08)

Klyde Knows It Pays To Have Friends -- And Clients -- In High Places...

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HAI Announces 2009 Aviation Repair Specialist Award Recipient

Jeffrey Peabody Has Worked For Alaskan Company Since 1988

Helicopter Association International announced Thursday the 2009 Aviation Repair Specialist Award recipient, Jeffery L. Peabody; Maintenance Technician, Air Logistics of Alaska, Inc., Fairbanks, AK.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.08)

Aero-Linx!

DLA membership is open to anyone who has directly been involved with the U-2 aircraft and operations. Although the Association is not open to the general public, the website houses some amazing U-2 photos and history of the units that fly her.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.08): Transducer

Aero-Terms!

Device for changing one kind of energy into another, typically from heat, position, or pressure into a varying electrical voltage or vice-versa, such as a microphone or speaker.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.08)

"If you are looking under the hood, then you are calling me a liar. Because it means you don't trust what I say is under the hood."

Source: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, in a heated exchange last week with former NASA associate administrator Lori Garver, who now leads the space transition team for the incoming Obama presidential administration.

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