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December 26, 2008

Report: More Workers Laid Off At Mooney

Unconfirmed... But Not Really Surprising

There are unconfirmed reports out of Kerrville, TX that Mooney Aircraft has laid off more workers. The Kerrville Daily Times reports one of about 40 workers allegedly laid off Tuesday contacted the paper, advising them of the layoffs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.26.08

Holiday fliers experience a few bumps, figuratively and literally.
An airline CEO makes good on his promise to employees.
And Southwest frees up $175-million through a lease-back.


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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-10 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company(Cessna) 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 series airplanes.

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AD: Piper

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-11 MANUFACTURER: Piper SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-46-350P, PA-46R-350T, and PA-46-500TP airplanes.

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-08 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new 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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AD: Aircraft Industries a.s. (LET)

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-12 MANUFACTURER: Aircraft Industries a.s. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-12 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: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-26-09 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new 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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Aero-TV Holiday Redux: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (#3 of 3)

A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3 

One More E-I-C Note: We're immensely proud of the work that Aero-TV has done in the past year with the better part of 300 HIGH-Quality features shot and produced... but this particular three-parter is near and dear to our hearts... as pilots and journalists.

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Day Before Christmas Marred By Midwest Incidents

Two Narrowbodies Go Slip Slidin' Away

The December '08 holiday travel season will likely go down in the books as one of the more troublesome for airline passengers around the country. In addition to horror stories of people camped out in terminals nationwide due to weather-related delays and cancellations, at least four jets will likely be out of commission for awhile following relatively minor incidents Wednesday.

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Southwest Modifies Fuel Hedges On Plummeting Oil Prices

Sells Five 737-700s On Leaseback To Raise Cash

We might be witnessing the dawn of a new era for Southwest Airlines... one in which the successful airline needs to be especially creative to hold onto its streak of profitability. 

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SpaceX Expects Full Falcon 9 Integration By Year's End

Company Recently Awarded $1.6 Billion Contract From NASA

Space Exploration Technologies founder Elon Musk told ANN this week he expects his company's first Falcon 9 heavy-lift booster to be fully integrated by New Year's Eve.

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SFO To Offer Carbon Offset Kiosks This Spring

About $2 Per Hour Of Flight Time To Assuage Your Environmental Guilt

It may surprise you to hear a large international airport may soon offer passengers the opportunity to purchase "carbon offsets" to ease their guilt about polluting the environment by flying on a commercial airliner. It probably won't surprise you to hear that airport is in San Francisco.

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Apollo-Era Tests Help Guide Ares I-X Engineers

NASA Provides A Close-Up Look At Transonic Testing

As it was during Apollo days, the TDT is being used to test ground wind loads on Ares I-X for the program's Systems Engineering and Integration office.

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Rolls-Royce Delivers First F-35B Vertical Lift Hardware

Variable Area Vane Box Nozzle Will Be Integrated By Pratt & Whitney

Rolls-Royce announced Wednesday it has delivered its first production Variable Area Vane Box Nozzle (VAVBN) to Pratt & Whitney for integration on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The VAVBN is now ready to be shipped to Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) partner Northrop Grumman for integration into the aircraft.

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Air Canada Wraps Up Financing Round With GE Capital

Agreements Worth Up To $195 Million

Air Canada announced this week it has concluded a series of agreements for secured financings with General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) and its affiliates, providing the airline with up to $195 million US, or approximately C$238 million.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.26.08): NOTAM

Aero-Terms!

Notice to Airmen. A notice containing information (not known sufficiently in advance to publicize by other means) concerning the establishment, condition, or change in any component (facility, service, or procedure of, or hazard in the National Airspace System) the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.26.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the Royal Air Force Shawbury website. Their mission is to provide the United Kingdom's Armed Forces with highly trained helicopter aircrew, air traffic controllers and flight operations personnel, and to prepare for deployment on operations anywhere in the world.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.26.08)

"I used to wish I had been here in the heydays of the Apollo era. I used to think that must have been something, working for NASA back then, going to the moon, pioneering. Now that we're going back, it's kind of neat to see. We kind of get a taste of what it might have been like."

Source: NASA engineer Tom Ivanco, who's working on the agency's Constellation manned space program.

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