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September 17, 2008

American Pilots Want Decision Postponed On Planned JV With British Airways

Say Concerns About Competition, National Security Must Be Addressed

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing 12,000 pilots of American Airlines, asked the federal government Wednesday to defer any ruling on American Airlines’ application for antitrust exemption to allow for a full examination of related national security, competitiveness and outsourcing issues.

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Eclipse Responds To Scovel's Testimony In Committee Hearing

Says DOT IG Cited 'Hearsay' In His Report

Below is the "Fact Sheet" released by Eclipse Aviation late Wednesday afternoon, in response to testimony heard before the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee on concerns over the certification of the Eclipse 500 VLJ. Specifically, Eclipse addresses what it terms misinformation and "hearsay" cited by Calvin Scovel, Inspector General for the Department of Transportation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.17.08

Barnstorming The Heartland In A DC-3! With Dan Gryder

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.17.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Barnstorming In A DC-3: 09.17.08 (ANN Special Report, with Dan Gryder, pilot of the Herpa DC-3.)

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ITT Achieves Milestone On ADS-B Program

Issued Initial Operational Capability By FAA

ITT Corporation announced Wednesday it has successfully deployed the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) essential services system for southern Florida, achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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For Sale: Busy British Airport, No Reasonable Offer Refused

BAA Puts Gatwick On The Market At Volatile Time

"We have decided to begin the process of selling Gatwick Airport immediately." With that announcement -- issued this week by Colin Matthews, CEO of British airport operator BAA -- one of Britain's busiest airports is now on the market, in the face of an uncertain economy and over protests by union workers.

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Lockheed Martin Inducts First C-5A Into Avionics Modernization Program

First Older-Model Galaxy In Program; 42 C-5Bs Already Modified

The Lockheed Martin C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) inducted the first US Air Force C-5A into the program this week.

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Passengers Demand New Plane After Aborted Takeoff Attempts

Air Berlin 737-800 Suffered Flap Position Glitch

If at first you don't succeed, try again... but if you don't succeed the second time, you'd best prepare for a passenger revolt.

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NASA Invites Students To Become 2009 Aerospace Scholars

Online Course, Summer Academy Now Open To H.S. Juniors In Virginia

Calling Virginia high school juniors: NASA invites you to compete for a place on teams that will chart a mission to Mars next summer.

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House Committee Hears Arguments Concerning EA500 Certification

Oberstar: "What Did The FAA Slip Up On?"

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.17.08 1200 EDT: We're just under two hours in to a hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, looking into the FAA's alleged rush to certify the Eclipse 500 very-light jet... and so far, only one panel witness out of the 12 scheduled has testified.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.08

Official employment numbers at US airlines are starting to fall.
The NTSB has recommendations for parachute jump operations.
And Spanish newspapers say it was a flap setting that brou

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.17.08

Official employment numbers at US airlines are starting to fall.
The NTSB has recommendations for parachute jump operations.
And Spanish newspapers say it was a flap setting that brou

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ANN Special Feature: Dan Gryder, Herpa DC-3 - 09.17.08

Today...barnstorming the heartland in a DC-3! ANN's Paul Plack talks with Dan Gryder about his unique cross-country trip this summer, and about the DC-3 type ratings offered by his flight school.

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Searchers Find Wreckage Of C-421 Down In Mexico, No Survivors

But Reports Differ On Whether Wreckage Has Been Found

Officials on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico agree a Cessna 421 carrying four members of the International Water and Boundary Commission failed to arrive at its destination Monday... but reports differ on the possible fate of the plane, and the men onboard.

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Aero-TV Profiles The CybAero Vantage UAV

A Versatile Heli-UAV Program

While perusing the many extraordinary sights and sounds of the 2008 Heli-Expo, ANN's Aero-TV crews got a look at an intriguing helicopter-based UAV program with a number of missions applications and capabilities. Call the CybAero 'Vantage', this UAV is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned helicopter developed by US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). With fully autonomous flight operation and differential GPS navigation, CybAero claims the Vantage can perform a wide variety of missions in both military and commercial applications.

Bailout! AIG Rescued By $85 Billion Fed Loan

Insurer Lives To See Tomorrow... But ILFC Likely On Auction Block

In a move that, until two weeks ago, would have been termed "unprecedented," late Tuesday the US Federal Reserve agreed to loan embattled global insurance and investment firm AIG a total of $85 billion, in exchange for an 80 percent stake in the 89-year old Wall Street stalwart.

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Aero-TV Profiles The CybAero Vantage UAV

A Versatile Heli-UAV Program

While perusing the many extraordinary sights and sounds of the 2008 Heli-Expo, ANN's Aero-TV crews got a look at an intriguing helicopter-based UAV program with a number of missions applications and capabilities. Call the CybAero 'Vantage', this UAV is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned helicopter developed by US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

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USAF Develops Plan To Address Need For More UAVs

Includes Dedicated Career Paths For Airmen To Fly Unmanned Aircraft

Air Force leaders are taking a two-pronged approach to address the increasing need for pilots of unmanned aircraft systems in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Air Force official said recently.

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Report: China Preparing For Three-Man Orbital Mission

Flight To Include Country's First Spacewalk

China has chosen three of its taikonauts -- all 42 years-old, all former fighter pilots in the People's Liberation Army, and all members in good standing of the Communist Party -- to man the nation's next space mission, set for launch on September 25.

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Donley Laments 'Missed Opportunity' On KC-X

But Agrees 'Cooling-Off' Period Was Needed

Acting US Air Force Secretary Michael Donley is frustrated that after seven years, there's still no replacement in the pipeline for the service's half-century-old KC-135 aerial tankers.

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AOPA Offers Advice On How Pilots Can Help After Hurricanes

Donations Best At This Point; "Don't Freelance"

In the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which dealt a one-two punch to the Gulf Coast area, general aviation has played a major role in the relief efforts. Many pilots may be wondering how they can help... and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has some thoughts about that.

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Boeing Pins Future Hopes On Military Contracts

Company's Aerospace Status Hinges On Wins, And Losses

Boeing is using the lull in the KC-X tanker bidding war to put some subtle pressure on the Pentagon, implying that a loss of the contract to Northrup Grumman and EADS could add to an erosion of Boeing's military technology capability.

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Redbird Partners With Xwind To Market Crosswind Trainer

Motion Platform Replicates Actual Conditions

Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc., announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement, which will make Redbird the exclusive dealer for the Xwind 200 Crosswind Landing Trainer, designed by Xwind, LLC.

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Embraer Sells Its First E-Jets To Montenegro Airlines

Eastern European Carrier Operates Leased E-195

Embraer announced Tuesday the sale of the first Embraer 195 jet to Montenegro Airlines. The agreement also includes purchase rights for two more aircraft of the same model. The value of the deal, at list price, is $39.5 million, and could total $118.5 million if all of the purchase rights are exercised.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

The site is dedicated to the men and women of the Battle of Britain. If these pilots, crew, fitters, ferry pilots, cooks, and all concerned with Fighter Command had not succeeded in thwarting the Luftwaffe, who knows what the world would be like now.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.08): Neutrino

Aero-Terms!

A fundamental particle supposedly produced in massive numbers by the nuclear reactions in stars; they are very hard to detect because the vast majority of them pass completely through the Earth without interacting.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.08)

"None of us can yet answer the question, 'Where do we go from here?' "This experience has not been a healthy one for the Air Force, or for the (Department of Defense) or for the contractors or for our working relationship with each other or Congress."

Source: Acting US Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, speaking Monday at the Air Force Association's annual conference about the latest failed attempt to award the $35 billion KC-X aerial tanker contract.

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