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December 15, 2008

As We Feared: FAA To Make Washington ADIZ Permanent

AOPA: Change Extremely Disappointing and Unjustified

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its final rule making the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) - the only such zone within the borders of the United States - a permanent fixture in American airspace.

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CRJ200 Lands At PHL Without Left Maingear

In This Case, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

An Air Wisconsin regional jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Sunday afternoon, when the aircraft's left maingear failed to extend.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 12.15.08

Don't Be In A 'Rush' To Fly By Night, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Fly By Night: 12.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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BMI Launches In-flight Mobile Communications Service

Trial Will Help Address 'Social And Etiquette Issues'

British carrier bmi has become the first British carrier to offer its passengers an inflight communications service including the use of SMS-enabled mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). It will also allow access to the internet and email from laptop computers fitted with GSM data cards... but won't allow voice calls, out of concern for passenger privacy issues.

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Avantair Takes Delivery Of 50th Piaggio P.180

Touts Turboprop's Speediness, Fuel Efficiency

Clearwater, FL-based fractional operator Avantair announced this week it has taken delivery of its 50th Piaggio Avanti P.180 aircraft.

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Brazilian Judge Issues Rogatory Letter In Gol Flight 1907 Suit

Seeks Apology From Journalist And Halt To 'Damaging Behavior'

The Association of Relatives and Friends of Gol's Flight 1907 Victims confirmed this weekend that Rosane Gutjhar, widow of one of the victims of the September 2006 downing of Gol flight 1907, filed suit for damages for pain and suffering against New York Times journalist Joe Sharkey.

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Scheduled Airline Service Begins Between China, Taiwan

First Time Since 1949 Communist Revolution

It's a small victory for freedom... or, at least, capitalism. On Sunday, a China Southern Airlines B737 touched down at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taiwan, marking the first time a scheduled airline flight has operated between mainland China and the 'renegade province' in nearly 60 years.

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Tuskegee Airmen Invited To Obama Inauguration

WWII Heroes Deserving Of Symbolic Gesture

The pilots and ground crew of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black force that served with distinction in World War II, have been invited to attend the inaugural speech of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20 in Washington, DC.

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USAF To BUFF Crews: Stop Using Nuclear Attack Curtains As Sunshades

New $2,500 Thermal Covers Designed To Prevent Flash Blindness

Engineers at Oklahoma's Tinkler AFB are designing a product to protect Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircrews from a nuclear attack's blinding light.

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Prince Harry To Begin Flight Training

Royal Slated To Fly Helos In Army Air Corps

Britain's Prince Harry has passed a four-week assessment course that determined he is a suitable candidate for pilot training. He flew a total of 13 hours with a civilian flight instructor in a two-seat Slingsby Firefly at Middle Wallop.

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Australia's MoD Awards Contract For F/A-18 Engine Support

12-Year Contract Includes Super Hornet

The Australian Ministry of Defense has awarded a 12 year contract to General Electric International Incorporated (GEII) to provide all support for the engines powering the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) F/A-18A/B Hornet and soon to be acquired F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Crownair Way -- Cessna T210 Centurion Edition

Crownair Unveils Glass Cockpit-Equipped T210 During AOPA Expo 2008

It's getting harder and harder to come up with the scratch for a new airplane these days... especially for those of us hankering for new airplane capabilities like glass panels and other high-tech accoutrements. Then again; there's the retrofit game... and at AOPA Expo 2008, it was in full swing. One of the more significant announcements to come from the Expo didn't come from aerospace giants Cessna or Cirrus... but from the comparatively diminutive Crownair Companies, a new aviation maintenance and avionics provider in the Southwest United States.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Crownair Way -- Cessna T210 Centurion Edition

Crownair Unveils Glass Cockpit-Equipped T210 During AOPA Expo 2008

It's getting harder and harder to come up with the scratch for a new airplane these days... especially for those of us hankering for new airplane capabilities like glass panels and other high-tech accoutrements. Then again; there's the retrofit game... and at AOPA Expo 2008, it was in full swing. One of the more significant announcements to come from the expo didn't come from aerospace giants Cessna or Cirrus... but from the comparatively diminutive Crownair Companies, a new aviation maintenance and avionics provider in the Southwest United States.

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Conflict Between NAFI And TBO-NAFI Approaching Climax

Monday Teleconference To Have Major Impact On NAFI's Future

Tensions between the National Association of Flight Instructors board of directors and "Take Back Our NAFI" organizer Rich Stowell have increased another notch recently with an e-mail sent to NAFI members by Stowell drawing a definitive line in the sand.

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Diamond Notes Positive Developments With Thielert

But Still Encourages Austro, Lycoming Engine Upgrades For Existing Owners

Diamond Aircraft president Peter Maurer wants owners of DA42 Twin Star aircraft to know there's a light at the end of the tunnel... and it doesn't appear to be an oncoming train. In a letter sent to customers December 8, Maurer assured there's been "significant activity, effort and resources expended by Diamond" in creating a workable plan to assist owners affected by this year's troubles and subsequent insolvency at Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH.

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President Of Afghanistan Visits USS Theodore Roosevelt

Karzai Witnesses Flight Deck Ops

Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan flew aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) December 11 for his first-ever visit to a US aircraft carrier. Karzai visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at sea to gain a better understanding of how the US Navy conducts operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

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Klyde Morris (12.15.08)

US Airways Decodes Its Customers' Comments...

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Embraer Delivers Its 500th E-Jet

E-170 Will Be Operated By Air France Subsidiary

On Friday, Brazilian planemaker Embraer delivered its 500th E-Jet -- an Embraer 170 -- to France’s Regional-Compagnie Aérienne Européenne. The handover ceremony took place at the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil, headquarters, a short six months after the 400th E-Jet was delivered in June 2008.

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Qref Releases Checklists For Garmin 696/695

Available In Single-Page Card Or Tabbed Multi-Page Book Format

Qref announces the introduction of the first and only checklist available for the new Garmin 696/695 Portable GPS. Written by Qref’s in-house staff of GPS experts, including a Master CFI, these checklists come in two varieties.

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Two Lost In Forney Aircoupe Downing Near Sebring

Witnesses: Plane 'Disintegrated In Midair'

Eyewitnesses to the crash of a Forney Aircoupe near Sebring, FL on Saturday said the plane suffered an in-flight break-up as it flew over Golf Hammock Country Club, scattering debris over the course and nearby homes.

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Electrosion ECM 500 Makes Aerospace Parts With Electrochemical Machining

New Technology Cuts Fine Detail In Titanium And Tungsten Carbide

The use of electrochemical machining (ECM) in the aerospace industry is well known for applications such as blades and blisks, but it requires considerable skill and experience to produce a viable electrode. The ECM 500, developed by Electrosion, based in Barnsley, UK has resolved this problem and enables the technology to be easily applied to a much wider range of applications, thanks to its revolutionary Impulse technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

Preserving the history of the aviation pioneers and programs that developed the U-2, A-12 and YF-12 during the Cold War. This site is dedicated to the memories of our band of brothers, especially those we lost in the CIA U-2 and A-12 Projects Aquatone and OXCART at Area 51, and during Operation Black Shield at Kadena, Okinawa. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.08): Wavelength

Aero-Terms!

The distance that a wave from a single oscillation of electromagnetic radiation will propagate during the time required for one oscillation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.15.08)

"On December 15th, NAFI will either continue as the exclusive organization of flight instructors, or a brand new member-centric organization of professional flight instructors will supplant it. No one will honestly be able to say that he or she did not fully understand what was at stake."

Source: "Take Back Our NAFI" organizer Rich Stowell, speaking of a teleconference scheduled for Monday with EAA President Tom Poberezny and the four NAFI Directors serving on the National Association of Flight Instructors Board Professional Standards Committee: JoAnn Hill, Sandy Hill, Harry Riggs, and Bob Wright.

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