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November 23, 2007

Skydiver Killed In Canopy Formation Record Attempt

Was Severely Injured During Practice Jump

A new skydiving record was clouded this week by the death of one of the jumpers.

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Six Injured During A330 Shakedown Flight

Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing Following Depressurization

It hasn't been a good week for new Airbus planes. Five days after an A340-600 bound for Etihad Airways met its end against a concrete retaining wall at Toulouse-Blagnac airport during an engine run-up, six persons were injured following a depressurization incident Wednesday during a shakedown flight of an A330 destined for Air Mauritius.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.23.07

Eclipse Aviation's Vern Rayburn releases a customer update.
China decides the Kitty Hawk can come after all, but too late.
And Indonesia's airline industry suffers another PR setback.

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Airwolf Aerospace Earns STC To Combat Rotor Delamination

Says Tape Permanently Solves R22, R44 Problem

Airwolf Aerospace LLC tells ANN the company was recently awarded FAA STC# SR02491CH, to permanently prevent leading-edge skin delamination from occurring on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter main rotor blades.

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Klyde Morris (11.23.07)

Klyde Has The Turkey Day Blues


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Embraer's E-Jets Accumulate One Million Flight Hours

Planemaker Touts 712 Firm Orders, 756 Options

Embraer’s worldwide fleet of E-Jets recently achieved one million flight hours, carrying passengers on five continents.

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NASA Amends Crew Assignment for STS-126 Mission

NASA has replaced a crew member assigned to space shuttle mission STS-126. Astronaut Donald R. Pettit will take the place of astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham (pictured below), who has left NASA to accept a position in the private sector. The mission is targeted to launch in September 2008 and will deliver equipment to the International Space Station enabling larger crews to reside aboard the complex.

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Argentine Air Force To Buy Four Saab 340Bs

Turboprops Will Replace Fokker F27s

Sometimes, only a turboprop will do the job. Saab Aircraft Leasing announced this week the formal decision of the Argentine Air Force to buy four Saab 340B aircraft during 2008 and 2009. This is a culmination of a four-year process to select a new middle-size transport aircraft for the Argentine Air Force.

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Liberty Aerospace Opens Its First US Dealership

First Flight Aviation Based In Fort Smith, AR

Liberty Aerospace announced this week the appointment of the fledgling planemaker's first United States dealership -- First Flight Aviation, LLC located in Fort Smith, AR. First Flight has taken delivery of its first two Liberty XL2 aircraft. and will add another two aircraft to their inventory before the end of the year. 

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Who Needs Quarters? NASA To Honor States On Remaining Shuttle Flights

North Carolina, New Mexico To 'Fly' On STS-122

NASA will honor New Mexico and North Carolina at the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-122 mission, currently targeted for December 6 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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BAE Systems Sees Strong Potential For Regional Jets In Africa

BAE Systems tells ANN that 'Africa's airlines are recognizing the potential of regional jets and are beginning to grow their fleets of these aircraft.' Speaking at the 16th Annual Air Finance for Africa conference in Nairobi on Wednesday November 21, Nigel Benson, Director Sales and Leasing for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft stated, "Nearly half of the total African airline fleet are regional aircraft but only 10 percent, or 64 aircraft, are regional jets. However, this figure has increased from only three percent of the fleet total twelve months ago."

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First LOI's Signed For Project Phoenix CRJ Conversion Program

Karthik Narayan, Chairman, Asia and Middle East for Kanyan Capital, signed Letters of Intent for two CRJ-Phoenix regional airliner conversions during the Dubai Air Show last week. He signed the contract on behalf of Opus Capital, a Dubai based private equity company, with Project Phoenix President Mike Cappuccitti.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.23.07): Flight Line


The area of an airport in which aircraft are parked whole they are being prepared for flight. Flight lines are also often called ramps or tarmacs.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.23.07)

"The one million flight hours accumulated by more than 300 delivered E-Jets is a great accomplishment, just about three years after the first delivery."

Source: Antonio Campello, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Airline Market. The Brazilian planemaker's worldwide fleet of E-Jets recently achieved one million flight hours.

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