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September 18, 2008

Adm. Mullen Marks The 61st Birthday Of The US Air Force

"No One Does It Better" Than USAF

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the following message to the nation's airmen to commemorate the Air Force's 61st birthday on Thursday, September 18.

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Pilot Safe After Prototype Cessna 162 Crashes On Test Flight

Witnesses Say Plane Was In Spiral On Way Down

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.18.08 1730 EDT: Aero-News has received word Cessna's prototype Model 162 SkyCatcher crashed Thursday afternoon near Douglass, KS on what was described as a routine test flight.

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EADS Socata Names Infinity Aviation Its Russian Sales Representative

Moscow-Based Company Handles Broad Range Of BizAv Services

EADS Socata announced this week the appointment of Moscow-based Infinity Aviation as its Aircraft Sales Representative for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The announcement was made at the 2008 JetExpo Business Aviation International Exhibition, which is being held this week at Moscow’s Crocus Expo Center. The company has a TBM aircraft on display.

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Analyst Expects UAL To Lose $544 Million In Oil Futures

Also Anticipates Big Q3 Loss For Struggling Carrier

It seems little is going United Airlines' way lately. From a global economic slump to enraged pilots, from high oil prices to high tempers among its sacrificial cash cows -- er, passengers -- one would assume the Chicago-based carrier is destined for good news of some kind, soon... right?

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Will CSAR-X Be Next Air Force Contract To Be Delayed?

Officials Want To Avoid Third Protest Of Contentious Deal

'Tis the season, it seems, to defer ruling on lucrative US Air Force procurement contracts. Hot on the heels of last week's surprise decision by the Pentagon to put off determining a winner in the KC-X aerial tanker competition, comes word that the Defense Department may also delay ruling on the oft-contested Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR-X) contract.

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Seven Soldiers Lost In Iraq CH-47 Downing

"Hostile Fire Has Been Ruled Out"

ANN is sad to report the loss of seven soldiers onboard a US Army CH-47 Chinook, that crashed early Thursday in Iraq.

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Sturgell Says Chicago May Need New Airport Down The Line

Didn't They Used To Have One?

In a statement likely to cause renewed heartburn for those who fought so valiantly to save Chicago's Meigs Field, Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell said this week the midwestern city will probably need a third major airport to handle future growth in the commercial and private aviation sectors.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 09.18.08

Controversy Surrounding The Certification Of The Eclipse 500, Part One Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.18.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- House Committee Hearing On Eclipse: 09.18.08 (ANN Special Report, with the first of two features drawn from Wednesday's

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AVEX 2008 Coming To Egypt In Early November

Billed As "World's Most Exclusive Air Show And Aviation Expo"

The AVEX Air Show & Aviation Expo will be held from November 5-8, 2008 at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport in Egypt, gathering the small and midsized aviation industry's leaders to meet with potential and existing customers and conduct business in an exclusive environment.

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Oh, (Air) Canada! Carrier Eliminates Second Bag Fee On Lower Fuel Prices

Will Roll Remaining Fuel Surcharges Into Published Airfares

It's not a complete withdrawal from the horrendous added fees now common on most North American airlines... but it's a definite step in the right direction. Air Canada announced Thursday that in response to decreasing fuel prices the airline is eliminating all second checked-bag charges implemented this spring.

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Southwest Pilots Help TSA Test Biometric Screening At BWI

True "Pilot" Program Screens Cockpit Personnel

On Wednesday, a Southwest Airlines pilot was the first aircrew member to be screened by the Transportation Security Administration using an advanced biometric screening system.

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CAF Offers Refuge To Lone Star Flight Museum Aircraft

Galveston Facility Suffered Extensive Damage From Ike

On Friday, the Lone Star Flight Museum's B-25N and B-17G will be arriving in Midland, TX for what looks to be a long-term stay at CAF Headquarters.

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P&WC Establishes New Sydney Parts Distribution Center

Will Service Australia, New Zealand

Pratt & Whitney Canada recently established a new parts distribution center (PDC) in Sydney, Australia to speed delivery times to customers in the Australia and New Zealand regions.

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Proton M Launch Postponed For Replacement Of Faulty Avionics

ILS Tries To Reach .750 For Successful Launches This Year

The eyes of the aerospace world are on Russia this week, watching to see whether another scheduled launch of a Proton M booster is able to go off without any problems. Alas, there's already been a monkeywrench thrown into that plan.

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General Dynamics Completes On-Orbit Checkout Of NASA's Latest Telescope

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Passes Critical Tests

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems tells ANN it has successfully completed the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.08

Congress hears the story of the Eclipse 500 type certificate.
The Fed bails out AIG.
And ILFC may wind up back in the hands of its founder.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.18.08

Congress hears the story of the Eclipse 500 type certificate.
The Fed bails out AIG.
And ILFC may wind up back in the hands of its founder.


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ANN Special Feature: US House Aviation Subcommittee - 09.18.08

Today, the first of two features drawn from yesterday's House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on questions surrounding the certification of the Eclipse 500.

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FAA's (Acting) Boss Faces Oshkosh Attendees... and Aero-TV

Sturgell Makes His First Oshkosh Appearance As Administrator

One of the more interesting events (most years) that takes places at each rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial get-together is the chance to listen to, and then grill/question/cajole info from the current FAA Boss. This year was no different...

FAA's (Acting) Boss Faces Oshkosh Attendees... and Aero-TV

Sturgell Makes His First Oshkosh Appearance As FAA Administrator (Acting)

One of the more interesting events (most years) that takes places at each rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial get-together is the chance to listen to, and then grill/question/cajole info from the current FAA Boss. This year was no different...

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WSJ: Udvar-Hazy Considers Buying Back ILFC From Troubled Parent

AIG Collapse Penalizes Aircraft Lessor's Credit Rating

As many airline industry-watchers are aware, a sizable chunk of the roughly $150 billion dollars in AIG assets expected to go on the block soon is International Lease Finance Corp, the 2,000-lb gorilla among aircraft leasing companies.

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Boeing Invests More Money To Keep C-17 Going

Manufacturer Holds Out For New Order From... Well, Anybody

Boeing continues to gamble on the future of its C-17 Globemaster III, investing more money to keep the production line running at Long Beach, CA.

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Spirit Airlines Touts Benefits Of Having A 'Mile High' Captive Audience

Note: This Story May Not Be What You're Thinking It's About

Advertising is all about getting attention. So, what did Spirit Airlines decide to call its new initiative to plaster the inside of its planes with advertising? Mile High Media.

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Wichita Council Approves $5 Million Loan To Help Citation Columbus Program

Cessna Says New Large Business Jet Will Create 1,010 New Jobs

There's little argument that Cessna Aircraft Company has been good to Wichita, KS... and on Tuesday, the Wichita City Council returned the favor, authorizing a $5 million loan to assist with the planemaker's Citation Columbus business jet.

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CAP Moves Hurricane Ops Base To Houston

Relocation Will Expedite Damage Assessment Flights

Civil Air Patrol's Texas Wing has moved its Hurricane Ike mission base to Houston, making it easier to launch flights to photograph storm damage in Houston, Galveston and other parts of East Texas.

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Defense Secretary Examines Close-Air Support At Bagram

Acknowledges Civilian Casualties From US Attacks

Avoiding civilian casualties is a high priority for US aircrews, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Gates came to Bagram to get a full picture of the American aviation effort in Afghanistan.

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AOPA: Opportunities For Foreign Flight Students About To Grow

New Visa Category Will Replace Current J-1

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN that in an effort to allow foreign flight school students to continue flight training in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced it will create a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which is set to end in June 2010.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

The official home page of "The Flying Tigers". Need we say more?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.08): Enplanement

Aero-Terms!

A revenue passenger boarding an aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.18.08)

"We're very concerned about this; it's a high priority for us. We work at that hard, work at it harder and then take another look to see what more we can do to limit innocent people who are killed when we go after our enemies."

Source: US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking Wednesday at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Gates came to Bagram to get a full picture of the American aviation effort in the embattled country.

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