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October 23, 2008

Eight Lost In Italian Military Helicopter Crash

No Explanation Yet For HH3F Downing In France

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.23.08 1515 EDT: All eight passengers and crew onboard an Italian Sikorsky HH3F Pelican were killed Thursday, when the helicopter impacted a field in eastern France and caught fire.

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Two Lost In SR22 Landing Accident Near Zurich

Aircraft Goes Down Short Of Runway

Two people onboard a Cirrus SR22 G2 were killed when their aircraft crashed short of the runway at Zurich Airport in Switzerland Wednesday afternoon.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.23.08

More Thoughts On NextGen... With The Reason Foundation's Bob Poole

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.23.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- More Thoughts On NextGen: 10.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for The Reason Foundati

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NASA Glenn Ships Off Ares I-X Test Rocket Segments

First Flight Slated For Next Year

NASA's next-generation rocket system is finally hitting the road... a necessary step before it can reach for the stars. On Wednesday, full-scale components for the Ares I-X test rocket left the hangars of NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, bound for a Wellsville port along the Ohio River... and, ultimately, Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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ALPA: Perseverance Pays Off For American Eagle Pilots

New Collective Bargaining Agreement Finally Ratified

American Eagle pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), ratified a collective bargaining agreement with management Wednesday, after an arduous negotiations process surrounding an unprecedented 16-year contract with AMR Corporation.

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Spirit AeroSystems Wins Contract On Mitsubishi Regional Jet Project

Will Design And Build Engine Pylons In Spirit's First Push Into RJ Market

Spirit AeroSystems has been selected by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation to design and build the pylon for its new next-generation regional jetliner, known as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The contract award marks Spirit's entry into the regional jet market.

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ESA Receives An Orbital Call For Help

XMM-Newton Sending Faintest Of Radio Signals

The European Space Agency reports it lost contact with its XMM-Newton X-ray observatory last weekend. Many space agencies and organizations are now joining forces trying to fix the problem... the second major technical glitch to strike an orbital observatory in as many months.

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Former WestJet Execs Hope To Launch Another Airline

Enerjet To Launch Charter Service In 2009

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know today's global economic environment probably isn't the best to start a new airline in... but that hasn't stopped some from trying nonetheless.

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Fractional Company Bids For Former DayJet Birds

OurPLANE Submits Bid To Eclipse On 28 EA500s

An orphaned fleet of 28 Eclipse 500 jets parked in Gainesville, FL, following last month's collapse of air taxi company DayJet, may soon have new homes. Light aircraft fractional provider OurPLANE tells ANN it has submitted a bid to purchase the aircraft.

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Virgin Charter Joins Radius As Exclusive Air Charter Provider

Gives Users Of Global Travel Service New Options For Air Travel

Online booking tool Virgin Charter announced Thursday it has partnered with Radius, making Virgin Charter the global travel company's exclusive charter air solution.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.08

Officials call a mid-air over Colorado, "miraculous."
Boeing's financials get hammered by the strike.
And United's quarterly loss tops three-quarters of a billion dollars.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.23.08

Officials call a mid-air over Colorado, "miraculous."
Boeing's financials get hammered by the strike.
And United's quarterly loss tops three-quarters of a billion dollars.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Poole, Reason Foundation - 10.23.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for The Reason Foundation, about the role of the Joint Planning & Development Office in implementing NextGen Air Traffi

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Aero-TV: Keeping History Alive -- The B-17 Flying Fortress (Part 1)

NEVER, EVER, Forget... LSFM's B-17 Is A Living/Flying Museum

Amidst all the gleaming and shiny new whiz-bangs at Oshkosh 2008, were a few ghosts of the past. Birds that had seen better days and been forced to prove themselves on the field of battle not once but a hundred times... and more. The have tales to tell and inside them all lay the hopes, dreams and even blood of the brave crews that chased the enemies of freedom from the skies, despite the fear, the danger and the uncertainty of a World War.

Aero-TV: Keeping History Alive -- The B-17 Flying Fortress (Part 1)

NEVER, EVER, Forget... LSFM's B-17 Is A Living/Flying Museum

Amidst all the gleaming and shiny new whiz-bangs at Oshkosh 2008, were a few ghosts of the past. Birds that had seen better days and been forced to prove themselves on the field of battle not once but a hundred times... and more.

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India Launches Its First Moon Mission

Chandrayaan-1 Probe To Land On Lunar Surface

The Asian Space Race got as little tighter Wednesday, as India reported the successful launch of its first lunar mission.

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Northwest Joins Others In Posting Q3 Loss Tied To Fuel Hedges

Low Oil Prices Translate Into Slumping Fortunes For Carriers

Northwest Airlines -- biding time until its acquisition by Delta Air Lines comes to fruition -- announced Wednesday it posted a $317 million loss in the third quarter of 2008, which that entire loss tied to fuel hedges that lost much of their value as oil prices plummeted over the past two months.

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NASA Mulls Early Move For Endeavour

Managers Recommend Launch To ISS November 14

Following an extensive two-day meeting, Space Shuttle Program managers decided Wednesday to recommend to senior NASA managers next week that space shuttle Endeavour is ready to support its target launch date of November 14.

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Secure Flight Expected To Finally Take Off In 2009

Aims To Reduce False Positives Against "Watch List"

If you've ever been delayed getting through an airport because your Irish grandmother or two-year-old son turned up on the TSA's terrorist watchlist, there's finally new hope.

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Expedition 17 Spends Their Last Full Day In Orbit

Crew Transfers Station Control Ahead Of Thursday Return

Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke, along with flight engineers Yury Lonchakov and Greg Chamitoff, officially took charge of the International Space Station Wednesday.

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NASA Unveils New Astronaut Code Of Conduct

Includes Sections On Personal Behavior, Relationships

If you've ever looked at a seemingly obvious warning placard in an aircraft cockpit, you may have asked yourself what bonehead made it necessary. US astronauts won't have to look past recent headlines to understand why NASA's new Astronaut Code of Conduct has a few more pages.

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AAI Acquisition Names Senior VP Of Sales, Marketing And Customer Support

Chester Schickling Brings Over 35 Years BizAv Experience To Role

AAI Acquisition, Inc. recently named longtime business aircraft sales and marketing executive Chester Schickling to the position of senior vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support.

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Cutter Aviation Announces Partnership With TransPac Aviation Academy

Will Provide Maintenance For Deer Valley Training Facility

Cutter Aviation announced this week a partnership with TransPac Aviation Academy -- formerly Pan Am International Flight Academy -- at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT). The contract calls for Cutter to provide maintenance and inspection service for academy aircraft.

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Challenger Center Announces Contest Tied To Moon Experiment

Students Encouraged To "Name That Habitat" For NASA

NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education have partnered to engage students in ongoing activities for one of NASA's concepts for astronaut housing on the moon through a contest to name a habitat in Antarctica.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is dedicated to preserving the history of Bush Flying and Forest Protection in Canada. Volunteer members actively acquire, restore, preserve and display floatplanes, bushplanes, waterbombers, and forest fire fighting equipment along with other aviation and forestry-related artifacts in order to celebrate the achievements of Canada's aviation and forest fire fighting pioneers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.08): Window

Aero-Terms!

Strips of silver paper dropped by British aircraft to confuse the German ground radars. Also known as chaff.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.08)

"The airline industry in general and Northwest in particular are well positioned to prosper despite the current economic uncertainties."

Source: Northwest Airlines CEO Doug Steenland. On Wednesday, Northwest posted a $317 million loss in the third quarter of 2008... with that entire loss tied to fuel hedges that lost much of their value as oil prices plummeted over the past two months.

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