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December 10, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.10.08

A Municipal Ban On Experimental Planes? With EAA's Earl Lawrence

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.10.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Municipal Ban On Experimental Planes? 12.10.08 (ANN Special Report, with Earl Lawrence, Vice President of Industry and Regulatory

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Lockheed Martin, USAF Test Pilot School Conduct Successful F-16 Autolanding

Uses Computer Algorithms To Control Fighter From Approach To Ground Stop

There's a saying among "Viper" pilots -- they don't fly the F-16, as much as the F-16 flies them. They may now add "and it brings us back to Earth, too" to that axiom.

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Endeavour Heads Home... Again

Shuttle Transport Heads Back To Florida

Its departure was delayed a few days, but the Space shuttle Endeavour took to the air once again Wednesday, this time on its way back to the Florida spaceport it launched from November 14.

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DOT Says Airline On-Time Performance Improved In October

Pinnacle Had Best Overall Performance; ASA The Worst

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a higher rate this past October than in either October of last year or in September 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the US Department of Transportation.

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It's A Start: DOT Releases Tarmac Delay Data

First-Ever Measure Of Strandings, Cancellations Based On Airline Reports

Saying the agency is committed to providing airline passengers with better information about flights that experience the worst tarmac delays, on Wednesday the US Department of Transportation released new, comprehensive data that, for the first time, include extended runway times for flights that were later cancelled and for flights diverted to alternative airports.

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Emirates To Launch San Francisco Service With 'Emvironment' Flight

Will Use All Routing, Efficiency Advantages Available

On December 15, Emirates will trial a new environmental program to execute the longest green journey. The program, to be analyzed and reviewed on the airline's inaugural flight from Dubai to San Francisco, will represent the world's first cross-polar green flight.

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United Raises $150 Million On Leaseback Program

Airline Will Continue Operating Sold Planes

It's a case of, "what works for a flight school Cessna also works for a Boeing jetliner." UAL, parent company of United Airlines, announced this week a sale and leaseback transaction that added approximately $150 million of cash to the company's unrestricted liquidity.

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FAA Approves Alakai Technologies' Wireless Broadband Unit On Cirrus Aircraft

Brings Afforable FOQA Reporting, Safety Improvements For GA

Systems developer Alakai Technologies and safety analyst CAPACG recently announced the Federal Aviation Administration has issued an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of Alakai's wireless Broadband Units on Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

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Avidyne Adds European Approval For MLX770 In Composite Planes

STC Adds To AML For Two-Way Datalink Transceiver

Avionics supplier Avidyne Corporation announced Tuesday its new MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that extends the EASA Approved Model List (AML) to include unpressurized composite aircraft such as the Cirrus SR20 and SR22.

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NBAA Fears Auto Assistance Package Language Could Have 'Unintended Consequences'

Does Proposed Bailout Ban ALL Uses Of Corporate Aircraft?

On Wednesday, National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed his concern that language regarding the use of business aviation, as included in a proposed auto industry financial assistance package being considered by the US House of Representatives, could have unintended consequences.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.08

Delta and Northwest pilots have federal approval on a seniority plan.
There will be no lame-duck DOT slot auctions.
And Piper eliminates positions in Florida.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.10.08

Delta and Northwest pilots have federal approval on a seniority plan.
There will be no lame-duck DOT slot auctions.
And Piper eliminates positions in Florida.


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ANN Special Feature: EAA VP Earl Lawrence - 12.10.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association, about a Nevada county which wants to ban experimental aircraf

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Aero-TV: The BA609 TiltRotor -- A New Generation of Civilian Flight

Private TiltRotor Operations May Be in YOUR Future

In the midst of the 2008 NBAA Convention, the mockup of a BA609 TiltRotor concept destined for civilian usage continued to draw curiosity.

Aero-TV: The BA609 TiltRotor -- A New Generation of Civilian Flight

Private TiltRotor Operations May Be in YOUR Future

In the midst of the 2008 NBAA Convention, the mockup of a BA609 TiltRotor concept destined for civilian usage continued to draw curiosity. First announced in 1998, full-size mockups of the BA609 have been fixtures at industry trade shows for several years... but actual progress on the program has been slow in coming.

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Piper Scales Back, Shuts Down Production For Three Weeks

Latest Company To Feel Economic Sting

Piper Aircraft, which received $32 million in local and state incentives earlier this year to stay and expand in Vero Beach, FL, has reportedly started terminating employees, and is not revealing how deep the cuts will be.

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Pilot Injured In MU-2 Emergency Landing Near Memphis

Reported Engine Problem Before Hard Landing At NQA

For the first time in over a year, there's been an accident involving a Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop aircraft.

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FAA Grants Certification For WAAS LPV Using Rockwell Collins Avionics

Company's LPV solution Now Available To Challenger 604 Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted certification for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) functionality on the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins' upgraded Flight Management System (FMS) and GPS-4000S global positioning system WAAS receiver.

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Airbus Leads Boeing In 2008 Orders, Deliveries

Call It: Airbus Will Regain Sales Title After 2007 Reprieve

Unlike in years past, there apparently will not be any nail-biting finale to the 2008 commercial aircraft sales race between Boeing and Airbus... as the European planemaker has a commanding lead over its American rival.

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HAI Announces 2009 Robert E. Trimble Award Recipient

Djoko Prasetyo Involved In Two Hostage Rescue Missions

Helicopter Association International announced Tuesday the 2009 Robert E. Trimble Award recipient, Djoko Prasetyo; Pilot, PT Airfast Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide On Extrasolar Planet

Universe Reveals More Tantalizing Hints Of Possible ET Life

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life.

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EU Signs Open Skies Agreement With Canada

And Unlike US Pact... This One Is REALLY Open

Like the US, Canada has reached an Open Skies agreement with the European Union, lowering barriers to international airline competition. Airlines based in the 27-nation EU bloc will be able to fly directly to Canada, and vice versa.

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Hong Kong Operator Receives 200th AW139 Helicopter

Sky Shuttle Helicopters Flies 60+ Missions Per Day

AgustaWestland announced Tuesday the delivery of its 200th AW139 medium-twin helicopter, one of two aircraft accepted by Cheyenne Chan, CEO of Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited during a ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.08)

Aero-Linx!

A collection of YouTube videos featuring seaplanes. Gotta love the DC-3 on floats!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.08): Sun Synchronous Orbit

Aero-Terms!

Spacecraft orbit that precesses, wherein the location of periapsis changes with respect to the planet's surface so as to keep the periapsis location near the same local time on the planet each orbit.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.10.08)

"Piper is not immune to the deteriorating global economy, and we have adjusted our work schedules and staffing levels to this reality... Piper's efforts are designed to preserve as many jobs and associated benefits as possible, as well as position ourselves to emerge from this downturn as a stronger company."

Source: Mark Miller, spokesman for Piper Aircraft. The planemaker has reportedly started has terminating employees, and is not revealing how deep the cuts will be.

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