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November 06, 2008

AD: DG Flugzeugbau GMBH

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-06 MANUFACTURER: DG Flugzeugbau GMBH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Stemme

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-05 MANUFACTURER: Stemme SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2008-23-03 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-22-15 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-22-15 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Collings Foundation Expresses Concerns Over TSA Security NPRM

Says Passage Of Proposed Restrictions "Would Be Fatal" To Tour

The Collings Foundation added its voice to the chorus opposed to the Transportation Security Administration's so-called "Large Aircraft Security Program," which proposes to add new security restrictions on Part 91 operations and operators of any aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight.

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Cirrus Brings Even More 'Perspective' To Its SR-Line

SR20 Gets SVT, Enhanced Vision Added As Option To Perspective

Times are tough for Duluth, MN-based Cirrus Design, as the piston engine market suffers under the throes of a troubled economy... but the company nevertheless continues to provide its own unique vision to the industry, and to its customers. At AOPA Expo 2008, Cirrus announced two noteworthy additions to its SR20 and SR22 line.

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Russia Threatens Retaliatory Missile Deployment

President-Elect Obama Invited To Renew US Dialog With Moscow

In an address to the Federal Assembly Wednesday, President Dmitri Medvedev outlined specific measures Russia would take if the US proceeds with plans to establish a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Diamond Aircraft Brings Glass To Its Entry-Level Aircraft

DA20 Now Available With Aspen Avionics PFD

It's a touch of class -- and, most importantly, glass -- for a venerable trainer. Diamond Aircraft and Aspen Avionics announced Thursday at AOPA Expo 2008 a factory-equipped glass cockpit solution for the DA20 Eclipse.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.06.08

GA Security Under A New Presidential Administration, With NBAA CEO Ed Bolen

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- GA Security Under A New Presidential Administration: 11.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with Ed Bolen, President and CEO of th

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.06.08

Boeing confirms it...2008 has slipped away for the Dreamliner.
Mooney becomes the latest to announce a production cut.
And two Mexican government officials are among the victims of a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.06.08

Boeing confirms it...2008 has slipped away for the Dreamliner.
Mooney becomes the latest to announce a production cut.
And two Mexican government officials are among the victims of a

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ANN Special Feature: Ed Bolen, NBAA - 11.06.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, about the significance of the US elections to general aviation, and TSA's Large Aircraft Secur

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Dreamliner Won't Fly Before 2009

Strike Effects Still Being Felt... And Now There's A New Fastener Issue

Boeing has confirmed what has been a foregone conclusions among industry observers -- the Dreamliner's first flight is no longer a possibility in 2008.

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Report: Embraer Considers Step Into Large Airliner Market

Company Tries To Downplay Remarks... Not Quite Successfully

An executive with Brazilian planemaker Embraer said this week the company is reviewing the business case to develop a larger narrowbody aircraft, including a possible partnership with another manufacturer... but the company later took steps to downplay the resulting speculation.

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Report: Airline Pax Feel Increasingly Free To Share Political Opinions

Will Trend Stop Now That The Election Is Over?

Finally getting past the election in the US may have an immediate beneficial effect on airline travelers. Business fliers of all political affiliations have been reporting an unusual amount of political conversation in the last few months from airplane seatmates, fellow guests, diners and even their own associates.

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Pratt & Whitney Wins $233 Million Engine Order

Sichuan Airlines Selects IAE V2500s For A320s

Sichuan Airlines has selected the International Aero Engines V2500 SelectOne engine to power 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft to be delivered between 2009 and 2012. The agreement includes a long-term V2500Select aftermarket agreement for the new engines and those powering 15 aircraft already in service.

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Air Taxi Company Closes New Round Of Financing

Linear Air Also Launches Aircraft Management Program

Bucking current economic trends, air taxi provider Linear Air announced this week the close of $1.3 million in financing, which includes new capital and debt.

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Navy Awards $65 Million UAV Contract To Honeywell

T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicles Used For Battlefield Reconnaissance

Honeywell has been given a $65 million US Navy contract to produce 90 T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle systems for battlefield surveillance.

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NOAA-N Prime Satellite Arrives At Vandenberg AFB

Launch Scheduled In February 2009

The latest polar-orbiting operational environmental weather satellite developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, called NOAA-N Prime, arrived Tuesday by C-5A military cargo aircraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA in preparation for a Feburary 4, 2009, launch.

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Aero-TV Profiles The Start of a New Era: The Wright B Flyer

Wright Bros. Great-Grandniece On Hand At 'Silver Bird' Unveiling

The newest addition to Wright "B" Flyer Inc.'s fleet of historic lookalike aircraft made its public debut at last month's NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL.

Mooney Halts Production, Lays Off 229 Workers

Latest Company To Feel Effects Of Economic Slump

The latest stop by The Recession Fairy is Kerrville, TX. Mooney Aircraft announced Wednesday it will cut production as it tries to sell excess inventory into a slumping marketplace... and fewer planes in production means fewer workers will be needed to build them.

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Aero-TV Profiles The Start of a New Era: The Wright B Flyer

Wright Bros. Great-Grandniece On Hand At 'Silver Bird' Unveiling

The newest addition to Wright "B" Flyer Inc.'s fleet of historic lookalike aircraft made its public debut at last month's NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL.

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WSI Broadens Global Datalink Weather Partnership With Avidyne

New International Wx Data Available For MLB700 And MLX770 Displays

WSI Corporation confirmed Thursday at AOPA Expo it had been selected to provide enhanced international weather content for Avidyne's MLB700 and MLX770 datalink receivers.

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Burt Rutan To Keynote NBAA Leadership Conference

Coming To New Orleans In February 2009

Noted aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan will be the keynote speaker at next year's NBAA Leadership Conference, themed "Winds of Change," to be held in New Orleans next February 18-19.

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'Fresh Pick' STC Increases Useful Load of Cessna 182P, 182Q Models

Cheesy Name... But A Real Improvement In Usability

Technically known as FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SA03608AT, the "Fresh Pick" STC increases the useful load of the Cessna 182P and 182Q model airplanes manufactured from 1972 to 1980 by 150 to 160 pounds. And, the STC does it with no labor, parts or installation costs. In many cases, the airplane’s ramp weight increases by 160 pounds.

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Embraer 170 Certified For Japanese Operations

JAL Will Be First To Operate E-Jet In Country

Embraer announced this week it received certification last month from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to operate the Embraer 170 jets in Japan.

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Air China Cargo Orders 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters

Commercial Planes To Get New Life As Cargo Haulers

Boeing and Air China Cargo announced this week the carrier will add three 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to its cargo fleet. The modification work on the three Combi airplanes will take place at Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China.

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Alpha Flying Extends PlaneSense Fractional Program

Expands Throughout Southern US

Portsmouth, NH-based fractional aircraft ownership program Alpha Flying, Inc. announced this week the expansion of its primary service area to include an additional rectangular area covering approximately 210,000 square miles encompassing parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, southeast Texas, and Louisiana. Among the airports to be added are Galveston, San Antonio, and Tulsa.

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Pratt & Whitney To Wash 800 C-17 Engines For USAF

EcoPower Service Scrubs Carbon Deposits From Turbofans

Pratt & Whitney said this week it will provide EcoPower engine wash services for the entire US Air Force F117 fleet of 800 engines, as part of a C-17 F117 Engine Overhaul and Repair support contract from The Boeing Company, announced in October. As part of this support contract, Pratt & Whitney will also provide EcoPower engine wash services for other C-17 customers worldwide.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

Although fixed-wing aircraft receive all the attention by most historians, helicopter flight was the first flight envisioned by man.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.06.08): Shaft Runout

Aero-Terms!

Measured during engine overhaul, the amount the end of the crankshaft of a reciprocating aircraft engine is bent.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.06.08)

"These are temporary adjustments and they only affect our manufacturing operations. So our (other operations) will continue to operate normally and be staffed at the normal level. There will not be any change to existing or potential customers and we will deliver airplanes as scheduled."

Source: Dave Franson, spokesman for Mooney Aircraft Company. The Kerrville, TX-based planemaker announced Wednesday it has halted production in order to clear out existing inventory, and will lay off 229 workers immediately... the latest victim of the slumping economy.

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