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August 25, 2008

USCG Calls Off Combined Search For Missing C501

Citation Disappeared Last Week Off Coast Of Dominican Republic

Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Police and Dominican Republic Navy rescue crews suspended their search last week for signs of a business jet believed downed off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

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Emirates Launches 'Emvironment' Program

Says Environmental Commitment Began In 1997 -- "Well Before It Was Fashionable"

With its first Airbus A380 superjumbo now flying between Dubai and the US, Emirates recently unveiled a series of new initiatives to improve the environmental performance of its operations worldwide. The program, branded Emvironment, includes the adoption of a new environmental policy for the Emirates Group, a global staff awareness campaign, and internal goals to reduce energy consumption and waste, as well as increase recycling and training.

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TSA Retaliates Against American Eagle

Says Agency Has "Consistently Found Problems" With Carrier At ORD

The US Transportation Security Administration, apparently embarrassed last week for supporting an inspector who climbed aboard American Eagle regional jets at Chicago O'Hare by using air temperature probes as grab handles, has retaliated against the airline with charges and fines.

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US Says Russia Continues To Defy Calls For Withdrawal

Georgia Relief Airlifts, Naval Operations Continue

Russia continues to defy international calls for the country to pull its forces out of Georgia, and humanitarian operations continue, a Pentagon official said Monday.

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Financing Falls Through For Oxford Aviation's Planned Expansion

Company May Continue With Scaled-Down Plans; Investor Seeks New Operator

Current economic woes appear to be trickling down to companies that support the relatively booming business aviation segment.

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FAA Says ICAO Safety Audit Gives US High Mark

Beats Global Average By 35 Points

Give 'em an "A". The US aviation system received a score of 91 out of 100 in a new safety audit released Monday by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency that oversees international civil aviation.

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Canadian Regional Carrier Removes Life Vests From Planes

Saves Less Than 100 Lbs Per Plane... But Every Little Bit Helps

Let's imagine for a minute that you own a major airline (first off, we're sorry -- Ed.) If there was a piece of equipment onboard your planes that adds weight, but is seldom used -- and may be of dubious assistance if it is called upon -- might it be prudent to remove that equipment, in order to save those pounds and, by extension, even a small bit of fuel? Air Canada's regional affiliate, Jazz, says yes... but some object to what the carrier recently removed from its planes: the life vests.

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NTSB Investigates C208 Downing In Guatemala

Ten Aid Workers Lost, Including Five Americans

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to Cabanas, Zacapa, Guatemala, to assist in the investigation of Sunday's accident in which a Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop crashed during a forced landing.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 08.25.08

Planning For Your Flight Review, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is A "Biennial" Enough? 08.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.08

Eclipse Aviation lays off 38 per cent of its workforce.
The TSA digs its hole deeper with retaliation against American Eagle.
And should busy airports ban experimentals?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.25.08

Eclipse Aviation lays off 38 per cent of its workforce.
The TSA digs its hole deeper with retaliation against American Eagle.
And should busy airports ban experimentals?


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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Flight Reviews - 08.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about how we should prepare to get the most from a flight review, and why we should get one more often than every two years.

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CEO Jack Pelton Talks ALL Things Cessna With Aero-TV (Part 1)

Intriguing Oshkosh Interview Updates SkyCatcher, Columbus, C350/400... and More!

One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing the "Oshkosh Crawl" is the chance to catch up with the movers and shakers of aviation. And few of those movers and shakers seem to have as much to be happy about as Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is leading some of the industry's most watched programs.

Another International Airline Accident Claims Lives

68 Listed As dead In Iran-Bound Kyrgyz Itek Air 737 Crash

Tragedy has struck the international airline community again as an Itek Air 737 went down, killing at least 68 people, according to current reports.The Boeing 737-200 was owned by Kyrgyz carrier, Itek Air, but operated by Iran Aseman Airlines. The aircraft went down near Manas International Airport, near the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. Ninety people were reported aboard and some 22 are currently reported to have survived.

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CEO Jack Pelton Talks ALL Things Cessna With Aero-TV (Part 1)

Intriguing Oshkosh Interview Updates SkyCatcher, Columbus, C350/400... and More!

One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing the "Oshkosh Crawl" is the chance to catch up with the movers and shakers of aviation. And few of those movers and shakers seem to have as much to be happy about as Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is leading some of the industry's most watched programs.

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Klyde Morris (08.25.08)

Klyde Wants to Know About TSA's Preoccupation With Airplane 'Thingies'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA: M2-F1 Heralded The Start Of An Era

'Look Ma! No Wings!'

The planned retirement of the space shuttle fleet in 2010 will bring to a close an era that opened in the Antelope Valley nearly a half century ago. The vehicle which began that era – the M2-F1 – was an unlikely forefather to the shuttle. The world’s first manned lifting body, the M2-F1 was made of wood, had an internal framework of steel tubes, looked like a bathtub sitting on a tricycle, and had no wings.

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Maxwell Shelters Navy Seahawks From Tropical Storm Fay

Dozens of Navy helicopters evacuated from the Florida coast to Maxwell Air Force Base Aug. 20 in an effort to avoid the destruction of Tropical Storm Fay.Navy Cmdr. Chris Fallia said the decision to evacuate to Maxwell AFB happened when the tropical storm was projected to veer back inland after hugging the East Coast, placing Naval Station Mayport -- located near Jacksonville, Fla. -- directly in the path of the storm.

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Zephyr UAV Sets Record

Flies For Three And A Half Days -- Unofficial World Record For Longest Duration Unmanned Flight 

The Zephyr, a solar powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has flown a 'world-beating' three and a half day flight at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The solar powered plane flew for 82 hours 37 minutes, exceeding the current official world record for unmanned flight which stands at 30 hours 24 minutes set by Global Hawk in 2001 and Zephyr's previous longest flight of 54 hours achieved last year.

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US Balloonists To Be Challenged By One Of The Best

When the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship launches this week in Anderson, SC, the 50 competing pilots will be challenged by one of their own and one of the best in the world. David Levin of Boulder, CO is Event Director for the 2008 U.S. Nationals. (Later, in September, he will be Event Director at the World Championships in Hofkirchen, Austria.) As such it will be Levin who identifies the targets and sets the parameters of the various flying tasks the competitors must complete.

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NATO AWACS Conducts Strike Eagle Dogfights

A NATO E-3A Sentinel and its crew arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Aug. 8 to conduct training missions with 4th Fighter Wing aircrews. The Sentinel, which is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft from Geilenkirchen, Germany, will conduct mock dogfights between the wing's fighter aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

Wooden display propellers have rapidly become the most collectible item of aviation memorabilia.  This site is committed to the exchange of information about wooden aircraft propellers in general, with emphasis on WWI and earlier antique propellers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.08): Coronal Mass Ejection

Aero-Terms!

A huge cloud of hot plasma, expelled sometimes from the Sun. It may accelerate ions and electrons, and may travel through interplanetary space as far as the Earth's orbit and beyond it, often preceded by a shock front. When the shock reaches Earth, a magnetic storm may result.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.25.08)

"Hopefully, the good guys win..." Source: Capt. Gurhan Tarman, the co-pilot of a NATO E-3A Sentinel, from the Turkish Air Force. The  Sentinel and its crew arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Aug. 8th to conduct training missions with 4th Fighter Wing aircrews. The Sentinel, which is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft from Geilenkirchen, Germany, will conduct mock dogfights between the wing's fighter aircraft. Using its trademark 30-foot exterior satellite, the AWACS aircraft will provide Strike Eagle aircrews with "enemy" positions.

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