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November 24, 2008

AD: Eclipse Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-24-07 MANUFACTURER: Eclipse Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-24-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Eclipse Aviation Corporation(Eclipse) Model EA500 airplanes equipped with a Pratt and Whitney Canada, Corp. (PWC) PW610F-A engine.

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FAA Gives Green Light To Nationwide Deployment Of ADS-B

Agency Wants 794 Ground Stations By 2013

In a step the agency says will improve the efficiency of air transportation for millions of Americans, FAA Acting Administrator Robert A. Sturgell gave the green light Monday to nationwide deployment of a system that allows aircraft to be tracked by satellite rather than radar.

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Fourth ISS Spacewalk Begins As NASA Extends STS-126

Endeavour Now Scheduled To Land November 30

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Steve Bowen began the fourth and final planned spacewalk of the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, switching their spacesuits to internal battery power at 1:24 pm EST on Monday.

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SpaceX Conducts Full Mission-Length Firing Of Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle

Prepares To Demonstrate US Transport To International Space Station

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully conducted a full mission-length firing of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle's first stage at its McGregor Test Facility in Texas, on November 22.

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NASA Assigns Space Station Crews, Updates Expedition Numbering

2009 Begins Transition To Six-Member Crews, Reliance On Soyuz For Transport

NASA and its international partners have assigned the International Space Station's crew members through 2010. The numbering sequence of expeditions was modified to reflect the start of six-person crews.

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Professor Says Dreamliner 'Worth The Wait' Even With Delays

Cites Problematic Supplier-Based Model As Example Of 'Teamwork'

When ANN wrote tongue-in-cheek on April 1st about Boeing's decision to axe the troubled 787 Dreamliner (in favor of the 767-500 "Miserliner") we didn't realize how close to the quick we'd cut.

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Norway Recommends F-35 Over Saab's Gripen

Lockheed Says Multi-National JSF Partnership Remains Strong

Last week, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg formally recommended to his country's Parliament that Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II be selected to fulfill Norway's future air-combat capability requirements.

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Three Lost In Wisconsin Meridian Accident

Plane Impacts Backyard Of Marshfield Home

A new Piper PA46-500TP Mirage Meridian impacted the backyard of a Marshfield, WI home Saturday night, claiming the lives of all three people onboard.

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SC Couple Indicted For Aviation Parts Fraud

Continued To Operate Parts Repair Business After Losing FAA Certification

A South Carolina couple has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft or space vehicles, money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with their operation of an aircraft parts repair business.

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Virgin Charter Partners With GetThere

Aims To Make Access To Bizjets Easier

Online travel booking tool Virgin Charter announced Monday its partnership with business travel procurement service GetThere, making Virgin Charter the first private aviation solution available to corporations using GetThere.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.24.08

Busting Class E Airspace, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.24.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Busting Class E Airspace: 11.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Earns EASA Approval

May Now Support Helos Operated In EU Member Nations

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (Vector), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for customers around the world, announces it has been granted EASA Part 145 Approval under the terms of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) and associated Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.24.08

EASA certificates the Eclipse 500...with with a catch.
The FAA investigates Maryland medevacs.
And...why is that TwinStar landing at a truckstop?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.24.08

EASA certificates the Eclipse 500...with with a catch.
The FAA investigates Maryland medevacs.
And...why is that TwinStar landing at a truckstop?


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Busting Class E - 11.24.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves regarding what pilots need to remember about Class E airspace, and about what should be on the gift lists of general aviation pilots

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Aero-TV: Bonus Depreciation -- A Tax Plan For Your Flight Plan (Part 1)

In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help

Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and it's a big aid, indeed.

ExxonMobil: Diesel Aircraft Should Not Be Fueled With Jet-A

Thielert Engine Owners Group Alerts Members

It's a shot across the bow for owners of diesel-powered aircraft. In a letter sent by ExxonMobil US General Aviation Operations Manager Martin Tippl to distributors of Jet-A fuel on November 17, the company announced it has made the technical decision that ExxonMobil Aviation does not support or endorse the supply of jet fuel to aircraft powered by diesel engines.

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Aero-TV: Bonus Depreciation -- A Tax Plan For Your Flight Plan (Part 1)

In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help

Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and it's a big aid, indeed.

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Osprey Production Halted At Pennsylvania Plant

Missing Plastic Cap Found In Aircraft Fuel Line, Investigation Underway

The Boeing helicopter assembly facility in Ridley Park, PA shut down its production lines at 1 pm Friday after a misplaced plastic cap was found in a fuel line in a V-22 Osprey fuselage.

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Musician Barker Files Lawsuit In SC Learjet Crash

Suit Claims Plane Was Improperly Maintained And Operated

A lawsuit has been filed by former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker stemming from the September 19 crash of a Learjet 60 at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.

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San Antonio Opens New Terminal At SSF

Historic Stinson Municipal Airport Gets Facelift

On Wednesday, November 19, 2008, the City of San Antonio had the official ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies for a major addition to the terminal building at Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF).

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Klyde Morris (11.24.08)

Wow... Seems A LOT Of Readers Dislike Airline Execs...

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AOPA Lauds Big Win For California Airport

50-Year Development Lease Approved At OKB

Airport Property Ventures has been awarded a 50-year "development lease" for improvements at the Oceanside, CA airport. Passed by a 4-1 vote, the Oceanside City Council action marks a major step in securing the airport's future.

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Maryland State Police Helos Under FAA Investigation

Fired Medevac Pilot Files Whistleblower Complaint

A complaint filed with the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General has sparked a Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the operation and maintenance of helicopters used by the Maryland State Police.

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Bumped Space Tourist Demanding $21 Million Refund

Japanese Entrepreneur Disqualified For Medical Condition

Arguments were presented in federal court Friday in a lawsuit brought against a space-tourism broker by a Japanese millionaire, alleging the company bumped him from the flight unfairly and he wants his money back.

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FAA Approves Noise Study For New FedEx Hub At GSO

FedEx Breaks Ground On New FedEx Ground Facility

Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration completed a six-month review of a five-year noise study of Greensboro, NC's Piedmont Triad International Airport, giving the go-ahead for the establishment of a new mid-Atlantic FedEx cargo hub.

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Lockheed Wins Contract To Extend CP-140 Aurora Aircraft Service Life

$156 Million Deal Will Add 20-25 Years To 10 Airframes

Lockheed Martin recently received a $156 million contract to provide the P-3 Aircraft Service Life Extension Program (ASLEP) for the Canadian Forces' CP-140 aircraft fleet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

This Web site features the big Stinsons. The Reliants, Juniors and Detroiters, as well as some Tri-Motor stuff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.08): Nutation

Aero-Terms!

A small nodding motion in a rotating body. Earth's nutation has a period of 18.6 years and an amplitude of 9.2 arc seconds.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.24.08)

"...[U]ntil such time as the Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation fuel industry has a clearer idea of the full effects of these issues, the ExxonMobil Aviation position is that diesel powered aircraft should not be fueled with jet fuel."

Source: From a letter to ExxonMobil Aviation fuel distributors from General Aviation Operations Manager Martin Tippl, stating the company does not support or endorse the supply of jet fuel to aircraft powered by diesel engines.

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