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March 20, 2008

B-1B Achieves First Supersonic Flight On Synthetic Fuel Blend

Bomber Hits Mach 1 Over White Sands, NM

A B-1B Lancer from the 9th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base became the first USAF aircraft to fly at supersonic speed using an alternate fuel March 19, in a flight over Texas and New Mexico.

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A New Problem For Boeing's Dreamliner?

ILFC Chief Says Wing Box Redesign May Push Off First Flight

A necessary structural change to the center wing box of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may further delay the plane's first flight, currently scheduled to occur one year after the airliner was formally introduced.

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GE, Rolls-Royce Complete F136 High-Altitude Tests

First Flight Test Slated For 2010

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team announced Thursday it successfully completed a high-altitude afterburner testing program at the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee, including common exhaust hardware for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

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Gone West: Doolittle Raider Jacob DeShazer

Loss Leaves 11 Survivors Of Legendary Mission

Another member of the famed Doolittle Raiders has passed. Former Staff Sgt. Jacob "Jake" DeShazer, 95, died Saturday in an assisted living facility in Salem, OR.

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Teamsters Slam Tilton's Management Of UAL

Union Seeks To Represent United Airlines Mechanics

Hoping to soon represent mechanics at United Airlines, on Wednesday the Teamsters Union slammed CEO Glenn Tilton over his management of the airline, saying it was time to "run the airline like a company, not a tag sale."

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Alitalia Cargo Flight Diverts Due To Unusual Odor

Four Crewmembers Receive Medical Attention

Four crew members aboard an Alitalia cargo flight bound for Miami received emergency medical attention, following an emergency landing Tuesday evening at Boston's Logan International Airport.

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New Middle East LCC Planned

Dubai Looks Towards "Budget" Airline

The city-state of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, has announced it plans to form a new low-cost airline, the sixth in the region.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.20.08

An Inside Look At 'Cirrus Maintenance,' With Brent Wouters

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.20.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.20.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The New 'Cirrus Maintenance' Program: 03.20.08 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Design's new President, Brent Wouters.)

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Young Pilot Passes After Apparent Suicide

Vicki Van Meter Flew Across Country At Age 11

Aero-News was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Vicki Van Meter, 26, who at the age of 11 flew across the United States.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.20.08

A visionary science futurist has passed away.
We now know more about Delta's updated business plan.
And the FAA will audit 118 airlines for inspection compliance.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.20.08

A visionary science futurist has passed away.
We now know more about Delta's updated business plan.
And the FAA will audit 118 airlines for inspection compliance.

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ANN Special Feature: Brent Wouters, Cirrus Design - 03.20.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Cirrus Design's new President, Brent Wouters, about the just-announced Cirrus Maintenance, a new program in which Cirrus picks up the cost of scheduled maintenance for t

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AD: Pacific Aerospace

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AD: Airbus

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

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AD: Fokker

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Aero-TV Gets A Close Look At Sikorsky's Exotic X2!

Faster Than Any Rotorcraft In It's Class... And Possibly Faster

One of the true "reveals" of the 2008 HAI Trade Show was Sikorsky's surprising (but delightful) decision to pull their X2 research aircraft off the line (where it is preparing for first flight) and bring it to the show. This was the first major public venue in which the on-again, off-again development project that could change the nature of rotorcraft design had seen the light of day.

Aero-TV Gets A Close Look At Sikorsky's Exotic X2!

Faster Than Any Rotorcraft In It's Class... And Possibly A 'Game Changer'

One of the true "reveals" of the 2008 HAI Trade Show was Sikorsky's surprising (but delightful) decision to pull their X2 research aircraft off the line (where it is preparing for first flight) and bring it to the show. This was the first major public venue in which the on-again, off-again development project that could change the nature of rotorcraft design had seen the light of day.

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Inflight Fire Burns Passenger Onboard Delta 767

Airliner Makes Emergency Landing At GSP

An inflight fire broke out in the cargo compartment of a Delta Air Lines 767-300 Wednesday afternoon, burning a passenger and forcing an emergency landing at Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) just before 1700 local time.

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Delta Pilots Reject NWA Request For Arbitration

Merger May Be Officially DOA

On Wednesday, pilots at Northwest Airlines, seemingly keen to keep hope alive for a possible merger with Delta Air Lines, suggested both sides could go to binding arbitration to hash out issues over combining seniority lists for both airlines... but Delta pilots wasted little time in soundly rejecting that plan.

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Indianapolis Has High Hopes For Revamped Airport

$1.1 Billion Revamp Largest Civil Project In City's History

When you think about premier commercial airports in the United States, LAX may come to mind... or, perhaps, Dallas-Fort Worth International. You might even think of JFK, Dulles, or O'Hare. Chances are, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) wouldn't make your list... but the airport is taking a dedicated, and pricey, step towards changing that.

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Dassault's Falcon 2000DX Enters Service

First Plane Delivered To US Customer

Dassault Aviation announced Wednesday its new Falcon 2000DX entered service recently, when Dassault delivered the first aircraft to a customer in the Western United States.

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AOPA Testifies Against Pennsylvania Security Rule

Members Say 'Two-Lock' Rule Is Unnecessary

What do members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association think of a proposal mandating two locks for general aviation aircraft? Their responses include such terms as "intrusive," "unnecessary"... and just plain "unacceptable." And that’s the message AOPA is taking to lawmakers.

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Ultimate Load Testing Complete On 787 Horizontal Stab

Delayed Dreamliner Moves Towards First Flight

It's another small step towards certification for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Alenia Aeronautica announced Wednesday it recently completed ultimate load testing of the Dreamliner's horizontal stabilizer. The test was carried out at the Laboratory of Structural Tests at Alenia's Pomigliano plant in Naples in the presence of Boeing engineers.

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Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule On An Exoplanet

Hubble Telescope Finds Methane On Jupiter-Sized World

A team of astronomers led by Mark Swain of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. The breakthrough, made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is an important step in eventually identifying signs of life on a planet outside our solar system.

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Bell, Cessna See Continued Demand For New Aircraft Orders

Asian Market Makes Up For Expected US Slump

Demand for Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft Company products continues to be strong, with both companies reporting solid order intake so far for new aircraft in 2008.

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NetJets To Launch Operation In India

Also Eyes Partnership In China

It's no secret the Asia-Pacific region is a current hotbed for aviation, as the burgeoning region embraces growth in both commercial and business aviation sectors. The latest operation to tap this market is fractional jet provider NetJets, which plans to launch operations in India shortly... and it doesn't plan to stop there.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.08)

Aero-Linx!

Wanaka Airport is host to the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum. Established by aviation enthusiast Sir Tim Wallis and situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the South Island of New Zealand is an amazing collection of airworthy World War II fighters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.08): Dope

Aero-Terms!

A finishing material used to shrink cotton or linen fabric and make it airtight and weatherproof. Dope is made of a cellulose film base mixed with suitable solvents, thinners and plasticizers.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.20.08)

"In short, there will be no binding arbitration. If management feels the time is now for consolidation, they would be wise to encourage both pilot groups to accept expedited arbitration."

Source: Lee Moak, president of the Delta Air Lines chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, in an email to The Associated Press. On Wednesday, pilots at Northwest Airlines, seemingly keen to keep hope alive for a possible merger with Delta, suggested both sides could go to binding arbitration to hash out issues over combining seniority lists for both airlines... but Delta pilots wasted little time in soundly rejecting that plan.

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